110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Traffic fatality closes North Woodland Boulevard Monday night
posted Aug 6, 2013 - 9:36:30am
UPDATED 11 A.M. TUESDAY, AUG. 6 — The family of a pedestrian struck and killed on North Woodland Boulevard Aug. 5 has been notified of her death, the DeLand Police Department reported this morning.
Department spokesman Sgt. Chris Estes identified the victim as Ruth Idella Briones, 51, of DeLand.
The accident happened at 10:10 p.m. Aug. 5, when a vehicle driven by Elizabeth Ann Harris of DeLand, traveling southbound on North Woodland Boulevard in the vicinity of Palm Street, struck a woman who was crossing the Boulevard. The DeLand Fire Department also responded, and confirmed at 10:18 that the victim was dead. Police took witness statements.
The accident remains under investigation.
Investigators are still trying to figure out how and why the fatality happened, and are awaiting information about Briones' blood-alcohol level, Estes said.
No charges have been filed against the driver, who was uninjured and stayed at the scene of the accident.
REPORTED PREVIOUSLY — A traffic fatality closed North Woodland Boulevard for a time Monday night, near the intersection with Palm Street.
At about 10:30 p.m., several cruisers from the DeLand Police Department were stationed at the boundaries of the scene, and people who had witnessed the crash sat waiting for the Florida Highway Patrol. The covered body of the victim lay on the roadway, near a green car with a shattered windshield and a huge dent in its hood.
The DeLand Fire Department chaplain was on the scene.
One witness said a single vehicle was involved, and the car had hit a pedestrian.
More information will be posted as soon as it is available from authorities.
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