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Deland teen in fatal accident on U.S. 92 between Deland and Daytona Sunday

Florida Highway Patrol car in file photo.
Florida Highway Patrol car in file photo.
Mike Royer

An accident on U.S. 92 east of Deland killed a local teenager Sunday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. FHP spokesperson Sgt. Kim Montes says 17-year old Garrett Daugharty was pronounced dead at the scene by the Medical Examiner. Troopers say Daugharty was westbound on U.S. 92 around 8:30 Sunday morning and drove off the shoulder of the road at Red John Drive for an unknown reason. The youth then overcorrected his steering, according to the FHP, which sent the 2002 pickup truck into the eastbound lanes of the highway. Troopers say Daugharty’s truck was then struck on the left side by an eastbound pickup truck, driven by 41-year old Jennifer Collins of Deland. She was listed in critical condition after being transported to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach. The FHP says Daugharty had not been wearing a seat belt, but Collins had been wearing hers.

Accident closes U.S. 92 Sunday morning

Several units with the Volusia County Fire Services, including Engine 15, Engine 42, and Squad 35 along with EVAC ambulance units responded to the scene, according to a tweet from volusiafire, in addition to the Florida Highway Patrol and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Department. Unconfirmed reports are that both drivers had to be extricated from their vehicles. U.S. 92 was closed to traffic in both directions while first responders worked the scene and as the FHP conducted its investigation, which troopers say remains open.

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