Around 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, the PCSO ECC received a 911 call from U.S. Hwy 27 at the intersection with Holly Hill Grove Road 2 (to the west) & Cottonwood Road (to the east) in Davenport. When first responders arrived they found 40-year-old Vishmatee (female) Saroop of Davenport deceased at the scene. She and her husband and their two children (ages 20 and 13) were at the Dollar General Store on the corner of Cottonwood Road and U.S. 27 and were walking across U.S. 27 heading home (the house is located on Vervain Avenue, west of Holly Hill Grove Road). There are no crosswalks or pedestrian-related traffic aids at the intersection. There is a flashing yellow caution light on U.S. 27 for north and south bound traffic. There is one streetlight on Cottonwood Road at the intersection. It was dark at the time.
Saroop’s husband and children made it across U.S. 27, however, Saroop was struck by a 2021 silver Kia Sorento that was heading southbound and being driven by 68-year-old Hayden Tabb of Davenport. He immediately stopped. He and his passenger were not injured. Tabb did not show any signs of impairment.
The southbound lanes of U.S. 27 were closed for approximately three hours during the investigation, which is ongoing.