St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputies arrest suspect for June 17 vehicular homicide
Sheriff Mascara announced today that deputies arrested Jesse Lewis McInerney of 331 Johnston Street, Fort Pierce, FL for June 17, 2012 vehicular homicide of Brittany Hare, 14, of 5703 Palm Drive, Fort Pierce, FL.
Sheriff Mascara said the victim, Brittany Hare, was walking south in the 5500 block of Palm Drive on the east side of the road when Jesse Mcinerney, driving south, drifted from the southbound lane of Palm Drive and struck the victim from behind, carrying her more than 100 feet.
A deputy and a witness performed CPR on the victim until St. Lucie County Fire-Rescue arrived and took her to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
Sheriff Mascara stated, “Whenever the Sheriff's Office is involved in the investigation involving a tragic death, we will put forth whatever resources are needed to bring closure to the case and for the family involved. In this case, 14 year old Brittany Hare was walking on the shoulder of the road just a block away from her home when she was tragically killed by an impaired driver, Jesse McInerney.” The lab results have confirmed that McInerney had several narcotics in his blood stream which caused his impairment.
“As Sheriff, I am confident this investigation can offer some closure to the Hare family and remove an individual from society who not only killed an innocent 14 year old girl but also put numerous other individuals at risk with his impaired driving.”
Sheriff Mascara advised that McInerney surrendered himself to deputies and was transported to the St. Lucie County Jail. McInerney is being held on warrants for Driving Under the Influence/Manslaughter ($200,000), Attempted Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Death ($25,000), and Vehicular Homicide ($100,000.)
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