An investigation is underway after a fiery crash on U.S. Highway 17-92 on Saturday that injured two drivers, prompting citizen rescuers to take action.
Rescued driver Raymond Michael Jandoli, 57, of Orlando was being treated in the intensive-care unit at Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford and is expected to survive, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Gant said Monday.
Concerned citizens helped Jandoli escape from his burning 2017 Volkswagen SUV after the crash, Gant said.
The other driver, Dylan Deggeller, 18, of DeLand was also taken to the Sanford hospital, sustaining non-life-threatening injuries, Gant said.
Deputies were called to the crash at U.S. Highway 17-92 (also called Charles R. Beall Boulevard) and Glen Forest Boulevard at about 9 p.m.
“The initial investigation revealed a blue 2017 Volkswagen SUV pulled out from Glen Forest into the path of a white 2012 Jeep SUV traveling south on Charles R. Beall,” Gant said in a statement. “The Volkswagen SUV was fully engulfed in flames when deputies arrived.”
The Orange City Fire Department, which provides fire services in DeBary, also responded.
The crash happened near the entrance to the Reserve subdivision. No additional information was immediately available.
Slow down. Pay attention. Those are among the messages from local officials in preparation for Monday, the first day of the academic year for public schools in Volusia County.
Your work-week driving routine will change, even if you don’t have kids in the school system.
More than 70 schools are reopening across the county, meaning school zones are returning and thousands of students, parents, teachers, administrators and support staffers are hitting roadways and sidewalks.
Extra deputies will be deployed to enforce traffic laws and ensure students’ safety.
Drivers must slow down in school zones and stop at stop lines when children or crossing guards are in crosswalks, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.
Avoid school zones if possible. Remain alert. Avoid distractions.
“Don’t fall into the trap of thinking it can’t happen to you,” Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said in a statement. “The moment you look down at your phone might be the moment an innocent child steps into the road. Don’t make a mistake you have to live with for the rest of your life. All we’re asking you to do is slow down and pay attention.”
Don’t text and drive. The same goes for pedestrians. Distracted people, whether drivers or walkers, are dangerous.
“Students may think a driver sees them, but if the driver is distracted or the student darts in front of the vehicle, the result can be tragic,” Volusia County School Superintendent Tom Russell said in a statement. “As a community we must be more aware of students traveling to and from school and exercise caution in school zones.”
Other safety reminders include:
Deputies are cracking down on speeders and crosswalk violators.
The law prohibits passing school buses on undivided roadways if the vehicles are stopped to load or unload children.
Drivers don’t have to stop if they are moving in the opposite direction of the bus on a highway divided by a raised barrier or an unpaved median at least five feet wide.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States
Twenty-five percent of fatal crashes involving teen drivers occurs during the after-school hours of 3 to 7 p.m.
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Be prepared to stop at all times.
“Be especially careful in areas with parked vehicles on the side of the road. Children crossing between vehicles may be difficult for you to see,” the Sheriff’s Office said.
Check out the Volusia County School District calendar for 2017-2018.