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Driver who allegedly hit bicyclist in Ponte Vedra Beach has long criminal record

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Updated: 8/09/2013 8:19 pm
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The driver who allegedly hit and killed a bicyclist on A1A has an extensive criminal record, including three DUI charges.

The Florida Highway Patrol says charges are pending against 51-year-old Saundra Scofield, who allegedly struck a bicyclist while she was driving southbound on A1A near Marlin Avenue.

Sean Michael Stevens, 26, was killed in the crash. Police say he was riding his bike within the bike lane when he was hit by Scofield's SUV.

A makeshift memorial has been set up near the crash site in honor of Stevens.

Bicyclist Jordan Browning rides his bike along A1A twice a day. He says he saw all the police activity on Thursday night as he was heading back home.

"I saw the fire trucks and a gentleman laying there and a woman from the accident. She was real shaken up," said Browning.

Action News has learned Scofield has a long list of traffic offenses, including one DUI arrest in Georgia in 2004 and two DUI arrest in Florida in 2009 and 2011. She's also received several citations for speeding, following too closely and careless driving.

In 2001 she was charged with child neglect and resisting arrest with violence. Police say she left her 4-year-old child in her car while she was inside a bar.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, it does not appear that alcohol played a role in Thursday night's deadly crash, but that is still under investigation.

Stevens' family was too distraught to speak on camera on Friday afternoon. Neighbor Darryl Dockins says he was shocked to hear the news.

"He's such a presentable young man courteous and interested and fresh, I'm very sorry," said Dockins.

Police say Stevens was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. FHP tells us Scofield is being cooperative in the investigation.
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wishmistress - 8/10/2013 12:08 PM
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Gary, I agree with 3 DUIs, she should NOT have been behind the wheel! The point is, at this stage of this terrible event, she is NOT on trial. If you have done something in your past, it is not for the media to prosecute you without cause. The report states she was NOT driving under the influence. If it comes out that she WAS, THEN it should be Open Season for the 'public prosecution'.

GaryG - 8/10/2013 11:22 AM
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Irresponsible to bring up this person's past history at this point, are you crazy? This person has multiple citations for bad driving, including THREE DUI's. Whether she was drinking or not on this occation makes no difference she should not have been behind the wheel of a car.

wishmistress - 8/10/2013 12:09 AM
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'According to the Florida Highway Patrol, it does not appear that alcohol played a role in Thursday night's deadly crash' ..........Ah, but that doesn't matter to the media, does it? Typical trial on paper before the facts are in. It is irresponsible to bring up this person's past history at this point. Will the media never learn?
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