Public’s Help Still Needed to Find Driver in Deltona Hit-Run
Although several tips have been submitted regarding the hit-and-run crash that injured a Deltona teenager last week, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) is still seeking information to help us find the driver who struck the victim as she was walking home from school.
The crash occurred when the 15-year-old Pine Ridge High School student tried to cross Fort Smith Boulevard near the intersection of Rookery Avenue at 3:10 p.m. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries to her left knee, and lacerations to her hands and face.
After hitting the student, the driver did not stop. The suspect car is described as a light-colored early 80s two-door Chevy Monte Carlo or Oldsmobile Cutlass with a dark top. (Please see attached photo and video).
Anyone with information about this driver or hit-and-run crash is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (386) 248-1777. A $10,000 reward is possible for information leading to an arrest and conviction of this driver regarding case #18-2540. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers, 888-277-TIPS, westopcrime.com, for a possible cash reward up to $5,000.
Further information on this case:
A Deltona teenager walking home from school Thursday was struck by a car and seriously injured. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene. We need the public’s help to find the driver and vehicle in this hit-and-run crash.
Amber Gonzalez told rescuers that she looked both ways before trying to cross Fort Smith. When she had crossed a quarter of the way, the car appeared and she tried to avoid being hit but was struck by the vehicle. She was airlifted by the Sheriff’s Office’s Air 1 helicopter to Central Florida Regional hospital with injuries considered non-life-threatening. Later she was transferred to Arnold Palmer Hospital to have reconstructive surgery due to facial injuries.
The suspect vehicle (see photo attached) is described as a light colored early 80s two-door Chevy Monte Carlo or Oldsmobile Cutlass with a dark roof. Anyone with information about this crash or the driver is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (386) 248-1777. Or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-888-277-8477 (TIPS). You could be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.