Vero Beach Woman Arrested For DUI Hit-And-Run After Hitting Bicyclist

Woman arrested on charges of DUI, hit-and-run charges after hitting bicyclist in Vero Beach.
Woman arrested on charges of DUI, hit-and-run charges after hitting bicyclist in Vero Beach.

VERO BEACH – On Thursday morning at around 2:49 a.m., the Vero Beach Police Department received a call about a possible “hit and run” involving a bicyclist on SR 60.

Officers found a man, identified as Joshua Crafton, who was hit and left in the roadway face down and bleeding from numerous lacerations. The victim did not know what happened to him. Crafton said he was traveling on his bike to Walmart to buy food. He had been hit and dragged on the asphalt.

A witness at the scene told police she was traveling westbound on SR 60 when she saw a dark colored PT Cruiser crash into the rear of the back wheel of Crafton’s bicycle near 38th Avenue. The PT Cruiser then fled the scene.

There were vehicle parts in the roadway, including a side view mirror. There was also clothing and shoes belonging to the bicyclist.

Another Vero Beach police officer observed a vehicle matching the same description parked in a parking lot on 40th Avenue with damage consistent with the crash. The vehicle also had a missing side view mirror.

The driver exited the PT Cruiser and ran to another waiting vehicle. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the second vehicle, which was occupied by Vencell May and Sheila May.

Vancell said his ex-wife Sheila went to his residence after having an argument with her boyfriend. Sheila said she needed him to take her to her mother’s house because her car had a flat tire. He followed Sheila in her vehicle where it was parked in the parking lot. Vancell also stated he believed Sheila had been drinking.

Officers made contact with Sheila May who said she had been drinking at Cunninghams and a man named “Ray Livingston” drove her vehicle home. She said the man dropped her off and stated he was going to get food. Sheila said she noticed the damage to the vehicle when he returned.

Sheila May denied ever driving her vehicle despite another officer observing her behind the wheel in the parking lot. She asked for an attorney.

Officers found a woman’s purse and other items in the PT Cruiser. The windshield had an impact consistent with hitting a pedestrian. The windshield had an indentation from the head and shoulder of a person clearly visible, according to the report.

Officers also smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage when she spoke. After conducting a field sobriety test, officers determined Sheila to be under the influence.

At Cunninghams, police observed security footage and spotted Shiela entering the driver seat of her vehicle before driving away.

Officers then spoke with Shiela’s boyfriend who said, “I was asleep when Sheila came home. She said she might have been in an accident, she left right after,” according to the report.

Following their investigation, police had probable cause to believe Sheila May was the driver of the vehicle involved in a crash with Joshua Crafton. They believe Sheila was aware of the crash and fled the scene.

Sheila May was arrested and transported to the Indian River County Jail where she was charged with the following:

  • Misdemeanor DUI W/Serious Bodily Harm
  • Leave Scene of Accident w/Injury

Bond set at $15,000.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.