Hit and run driver who plunged into canal identified - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news & weather

Hit and run driver who plunged into canal identified


WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A man has died after West Palm Beach police said he plunged into a canal after fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run car crash near the 2100 block of Brandywine Road.

Update, TUE 3 PM: Twenty-six-year-old Rhoan Assroupe struck the rear of a car driven by 24-year-old Stetson Marsh Monday, according to police.

Investigators said Assroupe didn't stop and headed north on Brandywine Road.

Marsh followed and discovered Assroupe's vehicle in a retention pond. He tried to rescue the driver but couldn't open the vehicle's doors, police said.

West Palm Beach Fire Rescue arrived and pulled Assroupe from the water. He was transported to West Palm Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Stetson was not injured.

Nearby residents, who live just feet from the wreck, said the curve where the incident happened is a dangerous stretch of road.

"They fly down this road. I mean, you can't even see them. I mean when you come from the left here, you can't see them until they're a good 40, 50 feet in front of you at most and they're going a good 40-45 miles an hour," said Aaron Christiansen.

Police are seeking witnesses to the crash. Anyone with information should contact West Palm Beach Traffic Homicide Investigator Ingrassia at 561-822-1627. You can remain anonymous by sending a text to 274637 and include "WPBPD" plus your message

Previously: A man has died after, West Palm Beach Police said, he plunged into a canal after fleeing the scene of a hit and run car wreck.

According to West Palm Beach Director of Emergency Management Allan Ortman, while attempting to flee a hit and run accident, a man plunged his car into a canal at 2111 Brandywine Road in West Palm Beach.

Authorities said the person who was struck by the hit and run driver went into the canal to try to help.

The male driver, in his 30's, was pulled from the water by West Palm Beach Fire Rescue and taken to West Palm Hospital, where he later died.

Nearby residents, who live just feet from the wreck, said the curve where the incident happened is a dangerous stretch of road. "They fly down this road. I mean, you can't even see them. I mean when you come from the left here, you can't see them until they're a good 40, 50 feet in front of you at most, and they're going a good 40-45 miles an hour." Aaron Christiansen, who lives nearby, said.

Divers were sent in as a precaution.

The man, who tried to save the driver after being hit, refused medical attention. There were no other injuries.

Copyright 2014 WFLX. All Rights Reserved.



Powered by Frankly

1100 Banyan Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.