4th grader dies after being hit by SUV near entrance of Port Orange school

PORT ORANGE, Fla. — A student was struck by an SUV near the entrance of Sugar Mill Elementary School, according to officials with Volusia County Schools.


7 p.m. update

Friday’s tragedy wasn’t the first time a child has been hit near the school.

Another student was hit by a vehicle near the school in 2022. That child survived.

Police are unsure if the driver in Friday’s crash will face any charges.

They said they do not know if the driver was distracted or speeding at the time of the crash.

Police said the driver is cooperating with investigators.

There’s just one week left in the school year for Volusia County students.

School leaders ask drivers to use extra caution around campuses.

1:35 p.m. update

The child was struck by an SUV while riding a bicycle in the crosswalk near the entrance of Sugar Mill Elementary School.

The driver of the SUV remained at the scene of the crash.

The child was brought to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, where she died.

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11 a.m. update

Port Orange police said the student died as a result of this morning’s crash.

Police said at approximately 7:10 a.m., officers responded to Sugar Mill Elementary School in reference to a vehicle crash involving a juvenile pedestrian.

The child was struck near the entrance to the school by a vehicle that was exiting after dropping off another student, according to police.

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POPD said the child was a girl who attended Sugar Mill Elementary School.

Police said first responders started lifesaving measures and the girl was transported to Daytona Halifax Medical Center, but did not survive.

Investigators said the driver remained on scene and is cooperating with police.

Earlier story

A student was struck by a car outside of Sugar Mill Elementary according to officials with Volusia County Schools.

In a statement released this morning, officials said, “There was an incident this morning outside of Sugar Mill Elementary’s campus that resulted in the injury of one of our 4th grade students. The student was transported to the hospital in serious condition. Grief counselors are at the school this morning helping our staff and students cope with this news. We ask that everyone please keep our school community in your thoughts and prayers.”

Channel 9′s Demie Johnson is gathering the latest information about this incident.

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