• Driver in hit-and-run crash is a habitual traffic violator

    By: Lorena Inclán


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Less than 24 hours after a gruesome hit and run crash in Brentwood, an arrest was made in the case.

    Carlton Decosta, 50, turned himself in Wednesday. He’s been charged with leaving the scene of a crash with injuries.

    According to detectives, Decosta got out of the car, looked at the victim, then got back into his Jeep Grand Cherokee and drove off.

    The impact of the crash sent motorcyclist Jeffrey Morrill, 31, into the air.  Action News was the first to obtain video of the accident captured by a surveillance system at Steve’s Tire Empire.

    “We got about 32 cameras on the compound. I put that camera up a few years ago, I call it the crash cam because there are so many accidents out there,” said Steve Landers, owner of the tire shop.

    According to a police report, as detectives were responding to the scene, they got a call from the owner of the SUV, who reported the car stolen.

    The investigation later showed the car belongs to Decosta’s sister. Action News went to Decosta’s sister’s home but she refused to speak to us on camera.

    Detectives say the suspect’s sister claims her brother called her telling her to report the car stolen, but she alleges he never mentioned anything about the crash.

    Since 2004, Decosta has been considered a habitual traffic violator.

    This is his ninth arrest for driving with a suspended license.

    He’s been arrested 13 times in Duval County and has been charged with other crimes, including resisting police and cocaine possession.

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