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Port St Lucie Police investigating fatal crash; car vs. pedestrian in the 200 block of SW Port St. Lucie Boulevard

Post Date:07/11/2018

On July 9, 2018 at 7:57 pm,  Port St. Lucie Police went to the 200 block of SW Port St. Lucie Boulevard to investigate a traffic crash involving 2 vehicles and a pedestrian


Description of parties involved:


Pedestrian - 62 year old J L. Miller (Port St. Lucie) deceased


Vehicle 1-2017 Orange Dodge Charger

Driver - 30 year old Samuel Metellus (Port St. Lucie) uninjured


Vehicle 2 - 2017 White Dodge Van

Driver - 33 year old Pedro Sanchez (Port St. Lucie) uninjured


Preliminary investigation revealed that 62 year old J L. Miller was walking from the north side of the road crossing south in the 200 block of SW Port St. Lucie Boulevard.  Miller cleared the westbound traffic lanes and continued across the median and was attempting to cross the eastbound lanes.  At the same time Metellus (driving a 2017 Dodge Charger) was traveling east on Port St. Lucie Boulevard in the center lane merging into the left lane of travel.  As Metellus attempted to switch lanes, Miller, who was in the center lane, back tracked north and was struck by the front right of Metellus' car. 


The impact caused Miller to be propelled to the north side of the street crossing the median and landing in the left lane of westbound traffic.  At the same time, Sanchez (driving a 2017 Dodge Van),  was traveling west and subsequently hit Miller as he landed in the westbound lane of traffic. 

Miller sustained severe trauma to the body and was pronounced dead at the scene by St. Lucie County Fire/Rescue.  Both Metellus and Sanchez were uninjured during the crash.


Traffic Homicide Investigators continue their investigation.


Master Sergeant Frank Sabol

Public Information Officer

Port St. Lucie Police Department

772.871.5032 (Office)

772.201.6252 (Cell)

email: fsabol@cityofpsl.com

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