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Girl, 14, killed in hit-and-run in Orange City, police say

Suspect's girlfriend tried to take blame, according to authorities

ORANGE CITY, Fla. – A 14-year-old girl was struck and killed early Tuesday in a hit-and-run crash in Orange City, police said.

The fatal crash was reported around 2:15 a.m. on U.S. Highway 17-92 south of Enterprise Road.

Orange City police said the girl, Danielle Llewellyn, was struck by a van. She was found lying next to a skateboard, but it's not known if she was riding it when she was struck, police said.

A man who saw the girl told a 911 operator that he thought she was dead.

"I don't see any abdominal movement so I don't think she's breathing, but I tried to yell at her to wake her up and she's not responding and I see blood on the ground so I'm not sure. I don't want to mess with her at all," the man said.

A police officer performed CPR, but firefighters pronounced her dead at the scene at 2:20 a.m. Llewellyn's cellphone was found ringing in the road and when an officer looked at the screen, the caller ID said "Mommy." The officer answered the phone and told Llewellyn's mother what happened to her daughter. 

A woman called authorities about 10 minutes later saying she was picking up her husband and she thought she hit an animal, but when she got home she looked at her vehicle and saw extensive damage and what she thought was lip balm.

"I want to drive there and make sure it's not a person, but I can't even see out of my windshield," the woman told the 911 operator. 

Police said they went to the home and determined that the woman was trying to take the fall for her boyfriend, Walter Gunther, who was responsible for the crash.

When the woman and Gunther were interviewed separately, Gunther admitted that he was driving home from work when he hit what he thought was an animal, according to a police report. He told police that he stopped and looked around, but left because he didn't see anything.

Police said the damage to Gunther's van was consistent with Llewellyn's injuries and they found smashed lipstick in her back pocket that matched the substance found on Gunther's front bumper.

Gunther, 30, was driving on a suspended license and was taken into custody, police said. He faces charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving death and driving with a suspended license. 

Gunther later posted bond and was released from jail.

Police arrested the woman, Kelly Healy, the following Tuesday and said she was charged with accessory after the fact. She bonded out of jail Tuesday night.

Walter J Gunther, 30..
Walter J Gunther, 30..

An investigation is continuing.

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