Man Leaves Dying Woman, Injured Child in Car After Hit and Run, Says “The Kid’s Not My Problem”
BROOKSVILLE – A suspect involved in a hit and run accident that occurred last month is now facing several felony charges, and additional charges could follow once the Sheriff’s Office concludes their homicide investigation after a woman’s body was discovered inside the suspect’s vehicle. (RNRF Prior Report)
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, on January 14th, 65-year-old Samuel Velazquez was traveling westbound on Cortez Blvd, when he collided with the rear of a vehicle driven by Jordan Ann Burk.
The victim exited her vehicle to check on Velasquez and ask that he pull off the roadway, but he fled southbound on Deltona Blvd.
Burk and a female infant that was properly restrained were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Later that day, Sheriff’s Deputies and the Florida Highway Patrol responded Velazquez’ residence at 7157 Dentala Street, after he called 911 to report the death of a woman who was still inside his vehicle. The victim, identified as 27-year-old Shannon Amber Resnick was transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced deceased.
Deputies also located an improperly restrained infant inside the vehicle that may have suffered injuries, but the severity has not been released.
Velazquez was not charged that evening but on January 31st, an investigator with the Florida Highway Patrol caught up with the suspect at Papa Johns Pizza on U.S. 41 and conducted an interview.
Velazquez explained that he was taking his passenger and her son to a friend’s house on Deltona Blvd, when she grabbed her chest and started “acting funny.” While paying attention to Resnick, he collided with the vehicle on Cortez Blvd. Instead of remaining at the scene, Velazquez says he drove back towards his residence on Dentala Street, passing two hospitals while en route. Velazquez says Resnick stopped breathing at one point and that due to his erratic driving, the infant was rolling around in the backseat, while strapped into a child seat.
Once at his residence, Velazquez ran inside his house and left the deceased woman and her child alone in the vehicle for an extended amount of time.
Velazquez waited for an undetermined amount of time before calling 911.
Velazquez says he never attempted to render aid to Resnick or help the child, stating “the kid’s not my problem.”
Once First Responders arrived on the scene, they discovered the child had been left alone in 40 degree temperatures and that he had soiled diapers. Officials say without quick action the child could have suffered serious injury.
Velazquez could not produce a valid registration or proof of insurance but it’s not known if that’s why he decided to leave the scene of the accident.
The Sheriff’s Office is not commenting on the homicide investigation at this time.
Velazquez is currently free on a $32,500 bond.
During First Appearance, the suspect’s daughter, Rachel Velasquez, spoke on her father’s behalf, claiming that he has a lot of health issues and it on several medication. The Assistant State Attorney advised that Velazquez does not have any prior criminal history.
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