March 6, 2010
Public Information Officer
15-YEAR-OLD BICYCLIST STRUCK
AND KILLED BY CAR IN DEBARY
A 15-year-old boy riding his bicycle in
DeBary late Friday night was struck and killed by a passing car.
The crash occurred at about 11:34 p.m. along
West Highbanks Road near its intersection
with Gracie Road. A
17-year-old driver, Nicholas Petersen of DeLand, was behind the wheel of
a 1997 Nissan passenger car traveling east on West Highbanks Road. The collision
critically injured Brian Wentworth, who was riding his bike along the
street where he lives. Officials initially called for a Sheriff’s Office
helicopter to airlift the boy to the hospital. However, his injuries
were so severe that they decided to transport the boy by EVAC ambulance
to nearby Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in
City. The victim was
pronounced dead at the hospital.
The two occupants in the car
were uninjured. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the
cause of the crash.