110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
posted Apr 29, 2013 - 8:13:40am
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office reported that an apparent drug deal in Deltona went horribly wrong late Sunday afternoon, resulting in the death of an 18-year-old man who was dragged down the street by a fleeing vehicle. The incident is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.
Witnesses reported seeing Tristan De Joy walking late Sunday afternoon to the end of Sonnet Court, the same Deltona road where he lives.
Next, witnesses said, a pickup truck was spotted driving to the end of the street, where De Joy was. All of a sudden, the pickup truck took off down the road at a high rate of speed, with De Joy hanging on to the exterior of the vehicle. De Joy eventually lost his grip and tumbled to the street, sustaining critical injuries in the fall.
As residents in the neighborhood called 911 to report the incident, the pickup truck kept on going and fled the scene. Deputies began arriving at 5:10 p.m. De Joy was airlifted by a Sheriff’s Office helicopter to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, where he was pronounced dead at 6:21 p.m.
Deputies quickly learned that the incident apparently stemmed from a planned drug transaction, the Sheriff's Office reported. Witnesses said that De Joy had been selling marijuana, and before he was taken to the hospital, deputies found a small digital scale in the pocket of his pants. Deputies located a pickup truck and driver that may have been involved in the incident, and early Monday morning were interviewing witnesses along with those directly involved in the incident.
No charges have been filed yet, but the incident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office’s Major Case Unit.
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