Nova Road Accident
In the latest of a string of deadly accidents taking place in and around Daytona Beach, a 27-year-old man was injured and his 9-year-old son killed as they attempted to cross the Nova Road on Monday night. This incident, which does not appear to be connected to the accidents and fatalities caused by participants in the annual Bike Week extravaganza taking place in Daytona beach, nonetheless lands on a list of similar automobile-caused injuries and fatalities experienced by visitors to and citizens of Daytona Beach over the past week.
According to the official statement given by the Daytona Police Department, the accident which took the life of a 9-year-old boy happened around 8:00 PM on Monday evening. Miguel A. Leonor was attempting to cross Nova Road with his son Anthony D. Altamirano when a car driving down Nova Road towards Brentwood Drive crossed the area where Miguel and Anthony were attempting to walk. The car struck both pedestrians.
The driver of the vehicle, an unnamed individual, immediately called for the police and other emergency response teams. When they arrived, they boy and his father were both rushed to the nearby Halifax Hospital. Both were listed as being on trauma alert, meaning that their external injuries were bad enough to cause serious concern among the first-responders and hospital staff.
Miguel A. Leonor was able to be returned to somewhat stable condition, although he did suffer damage along his entire body and it is not clear whether or not he was released from the hospital or is still under observation. The boy, on the other hand, received the brunt of the damage. The extent of the injuries to his head and body were severe enough that there was nothing the experienced medical staff could do to save him. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
At this time, neither the Daytona Beach Police Department nor the family of Anthony Altamirano have filed charges against the driver of the vehicle. In their statement, the Daytona Police stated that it did not seem as though the driver was to blame for the incident.