Family of Middleburg woman killed in hit-and-run crash wants man responsible to stay in jail

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. — Cassidy Mongeon loved animals, people, and nature.

“We used to go on hikes in Jennings State Forest together with both of our dogs,” Chris Tanton said of his girlfriend.

The couple had plans to go kayaking next week.

Mongeon’s life was cut short after a crash early morning April 10. The 23-year-old was driving home from work on County Road 218 near Ola Padgett Rd. when FHP says an SUV heading West crossed into her eastbound lane and struck her truck head-on.

FHP said the driver left the scene before help arrived.

“I held her hand as she took her last breath,” Tanton said.

FHP said the driver was arrested later Saturday after turning himself in.

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Court records show the driver, 38-year-old Jonathan Davis, was charged with hit and run, failing to stop and remain at a deadly crash.

“He claims he doesn’t know what he hit,” Tanton said.

The Clay County Clerk’s office shows Davis has dozens of traffic cases dating back to 2001. His charges include not wearing a seatbelt, careless driving, and driving on a suspended license.

Davis requested a reduced bond; the hearing is scheduled for April 28. Mongeon’s family is asking the State Attorney’s Office to not reduce Davis’ bond.

The family plans to hold a candlelight vigil for Mongeon at sundown next Tuesday at the Clay County Courthouse. The next day the family will meet there at 10 a.m., where they will demand no reduced bond for Davis.

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