DELTONA, Fla. — A 15-year-old boy died Monday morning in a crash outside the entrance of Deltona's Pine Ridge High School, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.
Shortly after 6:45 a.m., sophomore Joshua T. Durner was driving a 2006 Hyundai Elantra eastbound on Howland Boulevard when he turned into the path of a westbound 2017 Nissan Pathfinder while turning into the school entrance, said Andrew Gant, a Sheriff's Office spokesman.
Dayana Garcia, 34, of Port Orange, the driver of the Pathfinder, hit Durner’s vehicle, and a 2015 Nissan pickup truck behind the Pathfinder was unable to avoid the crash, Gant said.
Deputies said Garcia's passengers included Angelo Rodriguez, 33, and two children, ages 3 and 1.
The children did not have significant injuries, but Garcia is being evaluated for a hip injury and Rodriguez was taken to Daytona Beach's Halifax Health Medical Center to be monitored for non-life-threatening injuries, investigators said.
Deputies said Francisco Pinto, 63, who was driving the pickup, was taken to Orange City's AdventHealth Fish Memorial Hospital with a minor back injury.
Durner was alone in the car and was not wearing a seat belt, investigators said. They said a fellow student typically picks up Durner, but he was running late, so he drove to school alone without his parents' knowledge.
The Sheriff’s Office said the crash remains under investigation but no charges or traffic citations are pending.
Grief counselors will be at the school Monday and Tuesday.
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