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Bradenton man faces homicide charge in fatal June crash

Jordan Schopfer
Jordan Schopfer(Manatee County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 11:11 AM EDT
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UPDATED with more details of arrest.

BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - A Bradenton man has been charged in connection with a crash that killed a motorcyclist in Sarasota in June.

Jordan Schopfer, 30, of Bradenton, was charged with vehicular homicide, manslaughter, and driving with a suspended license with knowledge, the Sarasota Police Department said. Schopfer had been on the run since the June 12 crash. He was tracked down and arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service’s Regional Fugitive Task Force in Bradenton, Sarasota police said.

On that June afternoon, a crash between a Toyota sedan and a motorcycle happened in the 1200 block North Beneva Road. The sedan driven by Schopfer hopped the median into oncoming traffic, hitting the motorcycle, killing its rider, a 60-year-old man from Sarasota, police said.

Investigators say Schopfer was driving while inhaling nitrous oxide from a commercial-sized can of whipped cream, to get high.

When the crash happened, Schopfer’s driver’s license was suspended/revoked for DUI with personal injury, with previous suspensions for DUI and failing to pay a traffic fine from 2020. Additionally, Schopfer was on probation for charges of arson.

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