DELTONA, Fla. – An 84-year-old woman was struck and killed by a vehicle while walking in a Deltona shopping plaza parking lot Saturday afternoon, Volusia County deputies said.
Deputies said a Deltona woman was pronounced dead on scene. The vehicle that struck her was driven by a 17-year-old boy from Orange City.
The accident happened at about 4 p.m. Saturday, in a shopping plaza at 1200 Deltona Blvd.
The teen was with his family and they were preparing to go into a Laundromat, deputies said.
Deputies said the family had just unloaded their clothes while parked alongside a curb and the teen's mother told him to drive their van over to a parking spot.
Deputies said the teen was in the road in front of the businesses when his foot slipped off the brake and hit the accelerator.
Deputies said, when he hit the gas, the van to lurched forward, jumped a small median curb in the parking lot and then hit the victim as she was going to her car.
The van kept moving forward, dragging the victim a short distance before releasing her, deputies said.
The teen circled around and stopped near where the woman had fallen, deputies said.
Deputies said when the teen jumped out to check on her, the van was still on and the parking brake wasn't engaged.
The van rolled forward, striking the woman a second time and kept going until it nearly hit the front of one of the businesses, deputies said.
The woman's identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The teen was cited for driving without a license, and the boy's mother was also given a citation for knowingly allowing an unlicensed person to drive, deputies said.
The investigation is ongoing, but it's believed that the incident was an accident and at this time no criminal charges are likely.