Two people were killed in an accident in Deland Thursday, following a carjacking in Debary. The Deland Police Department has identified the driver of the carjacked vehicle as 44-year old Charles T. Boyd, and the female passenger in the car as 33-year old Lucy A. Hellstrom, both of Deland. The two were found dead in the carjacked vehicle after it crashed into a Deland car dealership late Thursday morning.
The incident started at the Debary Car Wash on South Charles R. Beall Boulevard, according to Volusia County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Gary Davidson. The Sheriff’s Office says a woman was manually washing her car around 11:30 Thursday morning, when a man “…accosted the victim, jumped in her car [a PT Cruiser] and sped off.” Witnesses reported that the car went northbound on Charles R. Beall Boulevard/U.S. Highway 17-92.
Stolen car almost hits police car
Officers responding to the scene spotted the car around six minutes later at Saxon Boulevard, and followed it as it continued north to Deland. The car detoured at one point onto Kentucky Avenue and State Road 472, but then turned around back to 17-92. At another point, the vehicle “…swerved head-on towards a Deland [Police Department] patrol car”, which had to take evasive action to avoid an accident. The car also was briefly northbound on 17-92, but in the southbound lanes, according to Davidson.
Two found dead in car after crash
Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies initially pursed the car because it appeared to be a “…forcible felony…” case. However, the Sheriff’s Office said deputies had discontinued their pursuit, and were “…a distance away from the vehicle…” when it crashed into the entrance of a Deland car dealership on South Woodland Boulevard at around 11:45. The Sheriff’s Office says the driver evidently picked up a woman passenger sometime during the incident, as two people were found dead inside the car. The Sheriff’s Office says several people were also hurt in the crash when the stolen car hit two or three occupied vehicles, but none of the injured had life-threatening injuries.
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