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Ormond man killed in US 1 hit-and-run – Daytona Beach News

ORMOND BEACH — A 24-year old Ormond Beach man was killed in a hit-and-run crash Saturday night on U.S. 1 near Seville Street, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

The crash occurred about 10:33 p.m. when a 2001 Pontiac Firebird headed south on U.S. 1 turned into the path of a 2001 Dodge Ram truck headed north. The truck struck the right side of the Firebird, according to the FHP report.

One of the passengers in the Firebird, Shawne Xavier Butler Jr., 24, of Ormond Beach was killed on impact, according to the FHP report. Another passenger, Geoffrey Kiev Blye, 27, of Daytona Beach was seriously injured and taken to Halifax Health Medical Center, the FHP said.

A passenger in the pickup suffered minor injuries. The driver of the vehicle was not injured, the FHP report states.

The driver of the Firebird, Corey Lorenzo Hill, 27, of Ormond Beach fled the scene on foot. He was later found hiding in some bushes along U.S. 1 by a Volusia County Sheriff’s K-9 unit and taken into custody, said Volusia County sheriff’s spokesman Brandon Haught.

Hill was treated for minor injuries and booked into Volusia County Jail. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death, turning left in front of an approaching vehicle, driving with a suspended or revoked license, and causing death and serious bodily injury while driving with a suspended or revoked license, the FHP said.

He was being held with no bail Sunday at the Volusia County Branch Jail. Alcohol-related charges are pending, the FHP said.

Minneola resident drowns off Daytona Beach Shores

A 49-year-old Lake County man drowned “with medical issues” Sunday morning off the beach in Daytona Beach Shores, a Volusia County Beach Patrol captain said.

A 9-1-1 call about the man came in at 10: 17 a.m. with a location near 2200 S. Atlantic Ave., Capt. Mike Berard said.

“This happened right as we were opening up guard towers,” Berard said. “Some bystanders pulled him in, and then a lifeguard administered CPR and a (defibrillator). He was taken to Halifax (Health Medical Center of Port Orange). He was pronounced dead at 11:03 a.m.”

Berard said the identity of the man, a Minneola resident, will not be released until this morning, as the investigation was still ongoing Sunday afternoon. The medical examiner is scheduled to perform an autopsy.

“The doctor at the hospital told me it is comparable to a drowning with medical issues, but the (medical examiner) will make that determination,” Berard said.

The man was staying with family at Perry’s Ocean Edge Resort, 2209 S. Atlantic Ave., Berard said.

Berard described the ocean as “glasslike” Sunday and said no other rescues were necessary.

– Staff Writers Richard Conn and Julie Murphy contributed to today’s News Watch.


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