Volusia County

Florida man arrested after deliberately driving over his family at DeLand gas station, deputies say

DELAND, Fla. — A Stuart man has been arrested after he intentionally drove over his family at a gas station in DeLand, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said Nicholas Shaw, 29, deliberately struck his girlfriend and her two children Thursday afternoon while driving the family’s car.

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The family was returning to their Stuart home when they stopped at the BP gas station on East New York Avenue, next to the Budget Inn, according to a report.


The children’s 30-year-old mother told Volusia County deputies she and Shaw had been arguing while traveling and the argument continued at the gas station.

Deputies said as the mother was holding her 3-year-old daughter and her 10-year-old daughter stood next to her, the mom was trying to retrieve her infant son from their gold Concord LX. Shaw yelled at the woman, “You’re not going to take my son.”

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Deputies said Shaw could see that the three were in the path of the car as he shifted the vehicle in reverse and accelerated, striking all three victims with the back passenger door, knocking them to the ground.

After purposely knocking them over, he continued to accelerate the car, running the younger girl over with a tire, according to a report.

Deputies said Shaw continued to drive with the infant in the car and left the scene, but returned shortly.

Officials said the girls each sustained scrapes and possible spinal injuries and were taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, along with their mom and the baby.

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Deputies said their injuries are considered non-life-threatening.

Shaw was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, neglect of a child and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, records show.

Gary Shelton saw the victims taken by ambulance and also saw Shaw in handcuffs.

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“I (saw) a bunch of babies crying, a mother crying. I’m like ‘What’s going on?’” Shelton said. “Then I overheard that he ran over his wife or whoever it might be and the kids.”

As Shaw was being taken away from the scene, he said to his girlfriend, “I’m sorry, you should have just left me at my grandfather’s. I love you.”

While defense argued for bond, saying Shaw had no violent criminal history, the judge said he will be held without bond for now.

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