Body of pedestrian found 2 days after crash

Published On: Mar 04 2014 10:38:29 AM EST
INDIALANTIC, Fla. -

Authorities have found the body of a pedestrian two days after he was struck during a fiery crash outside a beachside home in Indialantic.

The Florida Highway Patrol says 59-year-old Nancy Chancey was speeding and driving erratically when her car hit a culvert, went airborne and hit the wall in front of Dave Robertson's home and burst into flames on Saturday.

Chancey was ejected and killed.

On Monday, a stranger stopped by Robertson's house, asking if he'd seen his brother. Robertson told Florida Today he got a sinking feeling. He looked in a thicket of Brazilian pepper trees and found the body of Art Stroud, 60, a local house painter.

"This is just awful. This poor guy. I've never met him, but he surfs all the time like me," said Robertson.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes said a witness reported seeing a pedestrian at the crash scene. But Melbourne police, firefighters, Brevard Sheriff's deputies and troopers searched the crash site and did not spot Stroud.

Robertson's security camera that monitors his driveway and front yard captured footage of a pedestrian walking back to the road from a nearby beach access. The man turns south to walk along State Road A1A. Eight seconds after he walks out of camera range, Chancey's vehicle sails across Robertson's yard about 5 feet in the air.

Montes said Chancey had a history of dangerous driving, with 23 speeding tickets in 10 years. Records show she had been involved in two crashes before Saturday.

She was arrested on DUI charges in 2006 and convicted on a lesser charge of reckless driving, according to court records. The next month, she was arrested for DUI after driving 68 mph in a 35 mph zone in Melbourne.

More recently, Chancey was cited in November for failure to maintain her lane on a causeway and also charged with possession of oxycodone, clonazepam, and Xanax. That case was unresolved at the time of Saturday's crash.

The newspaper reports Chancey's husband, Russell Garry, was killed when he lost control of his convertible and struck a tree.

Troopers, deputies and firefighters searched the area Saturday, but didn't find the body.

Mitch Varnes who organizes the Melbourne Music Marathon, said Stroud often helped him out.

"All he wanted to do was just be nice, have fun, work hard and catch waves," Varnes said.