Votran bus hits suspect who bailed from stolen van; 10 hurt, police say
Wreck reported at Orange Aveune and Lincoln Street
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ten people were injured Tuesday morning in a crash involving a stolen van and a Votran bus, which struck a passenger who had bailed from the van before it crashed into the bus in Daytona Beach, police said.
The crash was reported at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Lincoln Street.
Daytona Beach police said the van was stolen in South Daytona, and officers located it at Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard and MLK Boulevard. Officers lost sight of the vehicle as it went westbound on International Speedway. The crash was reported a short time later, said police, who added that officers did not chase the vehicle.
Just before the van crashed into the van, a passenger, identified by authorities as Alexander Ross, 48, jumped out of the van and was struck by the bus, police said.
The van driver, identified as Robert D. Carbonell, 57, ran away, but was located on Verdell Street by a resident who held him until officers arrived and took him into custody, police said.
David Huffstickler, lives on Verdell Street, and held the suspect until police arrived.
"The guy hopped over the fence. He chased him, he jumped that fence," Huffstickler said
Carbonell hid inside Huffstickler's next door neighbor's van before he ended up on the front porch.
"He's like 'I didn't do nothing, I didn't do nothing.' Well, I said 'They're here for you, don't move," said Huffstickler.
Ten people were injured in the crash, including Ross, the bus driver, a pregnant woman and a child. All of the victims suffered minor injuries, according to police.
Frankie Stalling was taking her child to school when the crash happened. She was still shaken up when she pulled over and immediately called 911.
"He just kept going and the bus was coming and he missed us by an inch," she said. "I stopped and swerved my car."
A gas line was also struck during the crash. Crews were called to investigate or repair the line.
An investigation is continuing.
No other details have been released.
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