Search for driver in deadly Merritt Island hit-and-run

- State troopers are searching for a hit-and-run driver who they said caused a deadly crash in Merritt Island Saturday night. 

Troopers said Jeffery Brookshire, 58, was killed and his passenger is in critical condition after a road rage incident. 

The crash happened on State Road 528, just a mile west of Banana River Drive. 

Troopers said Brookshire was driving in a blue mustang when a red vehicle rear-ended him and took off. 

“He hit that Mustang in the back end and swung him around, and he went flipping and threw that girl out,” said witness Doug Chambers.

“It looked like the blue mustang got in front of him and put on his brakes, or something, and then it looked like the red car was slamming on its brakes too,” said witness Cheryl Chang. “They were doing that all the way.” 

Witnesses told The News Station that both cars were driving aggressively leading up to the crash. 

“They were going up the bridge and they were trying to cut each other off,” Chang said. 

Witnesses said a third vehicle was also struck in the midst of the speeding cars. 

“They kept passing cars and ran into this pick-up here, but it was able to pass,” Chang said. 

Troopers are still looking for the red car that has an "endless summer" license plate.

The car also had a sticker on the back that said “Hammock Hippy.”

If you have any information about the deadly crash, you’re asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.

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