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Motorist drives mile with body stuck in windshield

A motorist drove home about a mile with the legless body of a pedestrian in his windshield before authorities were notified that he hit the man with his car, officials said.

Joseph Markert, 57, was trying to cross U.S. 1 in DeLeon Springs when Daniel Dradeen, 19, hit him, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Deputies first learned of the accident from patrons at a bar who called 911 about midnight Friday to report finding two legs near the parking lot, Volusia County sheriff's reports said.

The next 911 call came from the home of Ronald Brownie, where Dradeen had driven with Markert's upper body. Dradeen had been living with Brownie and his 19-year-old son Ronald Brownie Jr., who made the 911 call, reports showed.

Dradeen didn't stop to report the accident because he didn't have a cellular phone with him and Brownie's home was only about a mile from the scene, Brownie said.

One of Markert's arms was also severed in the accident. Paramedics found it with his torso in Dradeen's blood-covered car, officials said.

The medical examiner will determine if Markert survived the impact, but it's likely that he died immediately, said Mark O'Keefe of EVAC, which provides emergency services for Volusia County.

FHP spokeswoman Kim Miller said the case is being reviewed by a homicide investigator.

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