BREAKING NEWS: New Smyrna Beach Cops: Local gal Kaelee Morrell, 21, killed in hit & run; other driver flees in black Chevy Tahoe

New Smyrna Gal Gone Just Like That

 

Photo for Headline Surfer / Kalea Morrell, a graduate of New Smnyrna Beach High School, who was attending Daytona State College, was originally from Edgewater. She was killed in a motor vehicle in the 3200 block of eastbound State Road 44​ as shown in the Google locator map. The other driver fled the scene. 
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Just 21 year's old, Kaelee Morrell of New Smyrna Beach had her whole life in front of her.

But all that ended in a bang at 2 this morning when she and another motorist crashed and left the roadway in the 3200 block of eastbound State Road 44.

Morrell, a former secretary and aftercare worker at Sacred Heart Catholic School,  was treated at the scene, but a "short time later was pronounced deceased," Master Sgt. David Williams of the New Smyrna Beach police patrol division told Headline Surfer in an email alert. 

The other motorist behind the wheel of a black 2006 Chevy Tahoe fled the scene in what is being investigated as a fatal hit-and-run crash. His identity is not yet known and apparently nobody got a tag number in the dark of the night.

NBPD DWilliams / Headline SurferKaalee Morrell,  a former secretary and aftercare worker at Sacred Heart Catholic School, was treated at the scene, but a "short time later was pronounced deceased," Master Sgt. David Williams of the New Smyrna Beach police patrol division told Headline Surfer in an email alert. 

The other motorist behind the wheel of a black 2006 Chevy Tahoe fled the scene in what is being investigated as a fatal hit-and-run crash. His identity is not yet known and apparently nobody got a tag number in the dark of the night.

Here is a synopsis of what occured as described by Williams: Cops were dispatched to a 9-1-1 call of a crash with injuries while eastbound in which both vehicles left the roadway. 

A passenger in Morrell's vehicle was transportred to Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach with minor injuries. Police did not say what kind of motor vehicle Morrell had been driving or release any details as to how and what circumstances l4d to the deadly crash.

One or more occupants of the Tahoe diodn't stick around, police said.

Morrell's last entry on her Facebook page four days ago that she had started a new job as a hostess at the Half Wall in New Smyrna Beach.  

Headline Surfer reached out to New Smyrna Beach Mayor Jim Hathaway for comment on the sad news and the ugly circumstances. Hathaway, who was in church with his wife, Paula, returned a text message a few minutes later, in which he said he and his wife were "deeply sorry to hear of this young lady's death," adding, Our thoughts and prayers are with her familily."

The mayor continued, "Hopefully,  the driver that left the scene will get a cionscience and turn himself in."

New Smyrna Beach Mayor Jim Hathaway / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer reached out to New Smyrna Beach Mayor Jim Hathaway for comment on the sad news and the ugly circumstances. Hathaway, who was in church with his wife, Paula, returned a text message, in which he said he and his wife were "deeply sorry to hear of this young lady's death," adding, "Our thoughts and prayers are with her familily."

The mayor continued, "Hopefully,  the driver that left the scene will get a cionscience and turn himself in."

Anyone with information on the deadly hit-and-run crash is asked to call Motors Officer William Schaeffer at the New Smyrna Beach Police Department at 386-424-2220 or email him at wschaeffer@cityofnsb.com

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's a third of the way though the Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation will be in March 2018.