Man accused of running over teen during large brawl at Flagler County park

Sheriff says suspect is lucky victim didn’t die

David Reis
David Reis (Flagler County Sheriff's Office)

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – A man accused of running over a teen during a large brawl at a Flagler County park is the second person to be arrested in connection with the massive fight.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that investigators obtained video of a blue BMW cutting through the grass at Ralph Carter Park and striking a 17-year-old boy, who then rolled across the hood and continued to tumble once he fell on the ground.

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The report didn’t say whether the boy was injured.

Records show witnesses identified 18-year-old David Reis as the man behind the wheel of the BMW. He was arrested at his home in Palm Coast on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated child abuse.

“This guy is lucky that he didn’t kill the victim and that he’s not in jail for murder,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said in a news release. “The vehicle is the deadly weapon in this case and if you’ve seen the video, it is hard to believe that the victim walked away with minor injuries. Great work by our team in locating him and getting him behind bars before he can hurt anyone else. I hope this is a lesson to everyone else that this type of behavior will not be tolerated in Flagler County and we will continue investigating incidents like this until all offenders are arrested and behind bars.”

Deputies said the fight involving 30 to 40 people at the park happened Wednesday and was part of some type of ongoing dispute between a group of juveniles.

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