2 Dead in New Smyrna hit-and-run

Update  NEW SMYRNA BEACH — 
brian-kennedy-080713A man has been arrested in a deadly hit-and-run crash in New Smyrna.  Brian Kennedy from Edgewater is accused of fleeing the scene of a crash, where two people were killed.


 
A Volusia County man made a grisly discovery in the tall grass while riding his scooter along State Road 44 late Tuesday, officials said.     Savannah Jo Dejarnette, 26, and Zachary Tyler Kahle, 24, were pronounced dead at the scene.
New Smyrna Beach police said about 11 p.m. the motorist found a man’s body lying along the eastbound lanes just west of Interstate 95. A short distance away, a woman’s body was also found, said Sgt. Chris Kirk.
Police said the victims — identified as Savannah Jo Dejarnette, 26, and 24-year-old Zachary Tyler Kahle — abandoned their vehicle on Interstate 95 and were walking in the 2600 block of the road when they were struck by a vehicle that fled the scene.

Sgt. Eugene Griffith said both victims suffered significant trauma to their bodies and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Dejarnette’s older-model Buick was located about a quarter-mile away from the scene of the crash but police do not know why it was left there.

Griffith said they can only speculate but several people called to say they witnessed the two walking prior to the accident.

Dejarnette, of Oak Hill, is a mother of two little girls, according to her Facebook profile. Kahle, of Edgewater, is also a father.
Traffic homicide investigators do not yet know when the victims were struck.
Police are working to identify the vehicle that struck the victims and are asking for the public’s help.
Griffith said the suspected vehicle may have front-end damage and possibly, a broken headlight.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call New Smyrna Beach Police Motors Division at 386-424-2220 or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 1-888-277-8477.
via Two people struck and killed near Interstate 95.

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