Daytona Beach Man Charged In Hit & Run That Killed Bunnell Woman

Shane L Cruz Jr

Daytona Beach, FL - A Daytona Beach man is now in custody in the hit-and-run which killed a 27-year-old woman last Saturday night.

Shane L. Cruz Jr. (picture courtesy Daytona Beach Police Department) of Park Drive is facing numerous charges, including vehicular homicide, after officers say he was involved in a 2-vehicle accident at the intersection of Madison Avenue and White Street.

Cruz was taken into custody around 10 o’clock Wednesday morning at the Volusia County Courthouse Annex, according to a DBPD press release.

Besides vehicular homicide, Cruz is also charged with failing to give aid/information, leaving the scene of an accident involving death, driving with a revoked license and grand theft auto.

Cruz – who will turn 22 on Thursday – is being held on $20,000 bond.

Investigators believe he was one of two men in a red Toyota Venza heading west on Madison when it struck a Nissan traveling north on White around midnight Saturday, right at the intersection.

Laguadia T. Jameace Terry of Bunnell, a passenger in the Nissan, died at the scene.

The driver of the Nissan, Sterling Slaton, went to Halifax Hospital in critical condition.

Officers say Terry was a single mom of a 3-year-old and had just completed her exit exam to pursue a career as a certified registered nurse.

Police state that the Venza was reported stolen from Holly Hill last month.

Officers are still looking for the other person in the Venza with Cruz. He’s described by authorities as a black male who, like Cruz, fled the scene on foot.

DBPD is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information pertaining to the incident can call Officer Kellie Fishpaugh at 386-671-5372.

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