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Vero Beach man who died in crash recalled fondly

Press Journal - 3/11/2017

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – The Vero Beach man who died in an Indian River Shores crash Thursday morning was someone who had an impact in the community, said School District Superintendent Mark Rendell.

John Pierce Keller, 51, was the founder and owner of Coastal Behavior Analysis, a group of professionals dedicated to serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders, severe behavior disorders and developmental disabilities, according to its Facebook page.

"When John worked with the School District, he positively impacted the lives of so very many," Rendell said. "Even though he was no longer an employee, he was still part of our family, and so this is a tremendous loss."

On Thursday morning, Keller was driving a Chevrolet Corvette southbound in the 8300 block of State Road A1A about 7:45 a.m. when for unknown reasons he went off the road toward the west and hit a concrete utility pole in front of the Sea Colony community, officials said. Keller, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation Friday.

The following message was posted late Thursday on Coastal Behavior Analysis' Facebook page:

It is with our deepest regret to announce that the founder and owner of Coastal Behavior Analysis, John Keller, unexpectedly passed away this morning. John was so much more than the owner of Coastal Behavior Analysis. He was a beloved supervisor and friend to so many people. Because of John and the services he made available to so many people with disabilities, this community is a better place. He truly has touched so many lives.

According to Coastal Behavior Analysis' website:

Keller earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Rollins College in Winter Park in 1987. He received a master's degree in social work from Barry University in Miami Shores in 1992.

After working in the mental health field for several years, Keller entered the education field when he began working for the Indian River County School District.

 
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