84-year-old woman struck and killed in Deltona shopping plaza by unlicensed boy, 17, in van

The graphic pinpoints the scene of a deadly Deltona vehicle vs. pedestrian accident at a shoppng plaza at 1200 Deltona Blvd.

DELTONA -- An 84-year-old woman was struck and killed by a vehicle while walking in a Deltona shopping plaza parking lot Saturday afternoon by a 17-year-old Orange City boy behind the wheel of a van, a Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman said.

Rosa Mangan, who just turned 84 on May 1, was prounounced dead at the scene of the 4 p.m. accident in a shopping plaza at 1200 Deltona Blvd.

"The boy was with his family and they were preparing to go into a laundromat," Sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haught said. "They had just unloaded their clothes while parked alongside a curb and the boy's mother then told the boy to drive their van over to a parking spot. The boy was in the roadway in front of the businesses when his foot slipped off the brake and hit the accelerator."

This caused the van to lurch forward, jump a small median curb in the parking lot and then hit the victim as she was going to her car, Haught said.

"The van kept moving forward, dragging the victim a short distance before releasing her," Haught said. "The boy then circled around and stopped near where the woman had fallen. He jumped out to check on her, but the van was still on and the parking brake wasn't engaged. The van rolled forward, striking the woman a second time and kept going until it nearly hit the front of one of the businesses"

The teen was cited for driving without a license, and the boy's mother was also given a citation for knowingly allowing an unlicensed person to drive. The investigation is ongoing, but it's believed that the incident was an accident and at this time no criminal charges are likely.

Because the young unlicensed driver was not charged with a felony, his name was not released.

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