Woman Charged With Hit And Run Involving Bicyclist

September 13, 2019

A woman was charged with hitting a bicycle rider and leaving the scene early Friday morning.

Cheyenne Cerda, 23, was headed south on New Warrington Road near Elm Street about 4 a.m. when she struck 37-year old Jason Shaeffer as he rode his bicycle on the outside shoulder. Shaeffer was wearing reflective clothing and his bicycle was equipped with flashing lights.

A witness was able to provide the Florida Highway Patrol with the license plate number from Cerda’s 2017 Hyundai Elantra, and the FHP received a phone tip on the vehicle’s location. Troopers responded and found Cerda still behind the wheel. The vehicle had significant damage to the front end, and car parts found at the scene of the crash matched her vehicle.

Cerda told troopers she thought she hit a mailbox.

Cerda was charged with felony leaving the scene of a crash with serious injury and careless driving. Her bond was set at $2,000.

Shaeffer was transported to Baptist Hospital with serious injuries.


4 Responses to “Woman Charged With Hit And Run Involving Bicyclist”

  1. Humbled Servant on September 14th, 2019 2:29 pm

    The only mailboxes on New Warrington Rd near Elm Street are no where near the road way at all. The Mail delivery truck has to drive on the grass near and over the sidewalk to deliver the mail in these mailboxes. No way she could have hit a mailbox unless she went over a curb and 20 + feet onto the shoulder. So sad. Prayers for all affected by this but especially for the young man on the bicycle. Kudos to you sir for doing what you were supposed to do by wearing the reflective vest and having lights on your bike! God Speed for a full recovery!

  2. paul on September 13th, 2019 6:50 pm

    Hit and run drivers, no conscience, no morals, was ready to hide her dirty despicable act by rationalizing “it was just a mail box” the victim, and the family’s lives changed forever…

  3. Chris Paul on September 13th, 2019 3:31 pm

    2k bond?
    way too low

  4. chris on September 13th, 2019 1:31 pm

    Not too many mailboxes on wheels with flashing lights. Try again. Not to mention that she STILL didn’t stop after the accident. Classy.

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