15-year-old girl seriously injured in hit-and-run crash, deputies say

Incident happened near Fort Smith Blvd. near the intersection of Rookery Ave.

By Melodi Smith - Multimedia Journalist

DELTONA, Fla. - A 15-year-old Deltona girl was seriously injured after she was struck by a car while she was walking home from school.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said the driver fled the scene and officers are seeking the public's help to find the driver and vehicle involved in the crash.

The victim was 15-year-old Amber Gonzalez, a Pine Ridge High School student who was attempting to cross Fort Smith Boulevard near the intersection of Rookery Avenue at 3:10 p.m.

"You see in the video (of the incident) he kind of slows down like, 'What did I just do?' and then drives away," Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said. "I think it's cold and callous that he just drove away and left that girl in the street."

The teen was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was later transferred to Arnold Palmer Hospital to have reconstructive surgery due to facial injuries.

Deputies are looking for a light-colored 1980s two-door Chevy Monte Carlo or Oldsmobile Cutlass with a dark roof.

"Thank God she's alive and I would call on the driver, if you have any empathy in your soul at all, surrender and let's put this case behind us," Chitwood said.

Anyone with information about the crash or the driver is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 386-248-1777.

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