A Florida man is accused of using his car to mow down a motorcyclist and then run over a good Samaritan who stopped to help, authorities said.
According to the Sanford Police Department, around 1 p.m. March 29, Michael John Kraft, 37, was in his Jaguar sedan on State Road 46 when he struck Vincent Russo, who was traveling on a motorcycle in the lane next to him. Kraft allegedly continued driving.
Jenica Campbell, a mother of four police described as a “pillar of the community,” may have witnessed the crash and she tried to help the motorcyclist, according to media outlets.
In the meantime, Kraft “made a U-turn … traveling back westbound in the direction of the initial crash,” police said. “He then drove his vehicle over the median and across the eastbound lanes striking both the good Samaritan rendering aid and the motorcyclist.”
Kraft next crashed his Jaguar through a fence and onto a service road for the Sanford Orlando International Airport. He continued a short way before ending up in a ditch.
Officers took Kraft into custody and said he appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance that impaired his ability to drive safely.
Both the biker, Russo, and the good Samaritan, Campbell, were killed.
“In a few short minutes, two people’s lives were tragically taken,” Chief Cecil Smith said. “For a good-hearted individual, who was doing the right thing and helping a person desperately in need, to have been struck down in such a horrific way is heartbreaking.”
According to an arrest report obtained by Orlando’s WKMG-TV, Kraft exhibited mumbled speech and body tremors and allegedly claimed to officers that someone had been chasing him in another car.
Sanford Police Public Information Officer Bianca Gillett said the suspect made a “number of statements” that will become “part of the judicial process in figuring out what his motive is,” WKMG-TV reported.
Gillett added Kraft did not know either of the victims.
The suspect faces two counts each of vehicular homicide and hit and run failure to remain at a crash as well as one count of refusal to submit to DUI test after license is suspended.
His bond was set at $150,500
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