Dash cam video released in crash that killed Winter Garden teen

Wilvenson Darius accused of fleeing from deputies before crash

By Vanessa Araiza - Reporter

OAKLAND, Fla. - The Lake County Sheriff's Office released dash cam video of Monday's chase that ended in the death of 19-year-old Carlos Sanchez Santiago.

A 13-page report released by Lake County Sheriff's Office said Santiago was hit head on by 23-year-old Wilvenson Darius early Monday morning.

Parts of the video show a car far ahead that crashed into another vehicle. Lake County Sheriff's Office also released dispatch audio between deputies.

The report said the incident began at the intersection of Washington Street and U.S. 27.

As a deputy was pulling out of the 7-Eleven, he noticed the black mustang, driven by Darius, run a red light and began to follow.

"I don't think he realizes that's a dead end. He just tried to hit me head-on," a Lake County deputy said.

As more deputies began to help, the report said Darius sped up.

At one point, it said he made a U-turn and went the wrong way.

Deputies were told to stand down as they approached the Orange County line, but in the released dispatch calls, a deputy can be heard asking for assistance from Orange County authorities.

"Can you get Orange County? See if they have stop sticks?"

Last summer, Lake County Sheriff's Office changed policy procedures when it comes to pursuing a vehicle into other jurisdictions.

Now, if the act doesn't fall under a forcible felony or doesn't seem to be a danger to the public, deputies will pull back and officials said that's what they were told to do Monday.

Less than a mile from the Lake County line, Darius crashed his car into Santiago's vehicle, according to reports.

"Get EMS really quick. We have two vehicles that hit each other head-on," a deputy said in a dispatch call.

The report said Darius opened his car door and fell on his stomach. He was placed under arrest and remains in the hospital.

Deputies said Darius was armed with a handgun, driving on a suspended license and had active warrants for his arrest on traffic charges.

Deputies said three different driver's licenses were found, all with Darius' picture but each showing a different name.

Darius faces charges of homicide, homicide negligent manslaughter and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license resulting in a crash with death.

Santiago's family has set up an online fundraising page to help with funeral expenses. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Friday with visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Winter Oak Funeral Home & Cremations in Winter Garden.

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