New Smyrna Beach, FL - A simple rear-end collision in New Smyrna Beach escalates to a fight, which then escalated into a stabbing, leaving one man charged.
And it wasn't the stabber, it was the man who got stabbed.
The Volusia Sheriff's Office (VSO) states that the accident occurred around 10 p.m. on Wednesday night (April 21) at the intersection of County Road 415 and State Road 44. According to deputies, a Deltona man had stopped his Chevy Malibu at the stoplight when 23-year-old Javier Bolanos of Port St. Lucie rear-ended the man.
Both drivers pulled their vehicles into a nearby Circle K parking lot. Tensions began to rise when the victim called law enforcement to report the crash. According to deputies, Bolanos offered the victim $1,000 for the damage and asked him not to involve police, saying he was in a hurry. The victim, however, declined.
As the driver was speaking to dispatchers, Bolanos became upset and attacked the victim, punching him in the face and kicking him. In self-defense, the victim took out a pocket knife, stabbed Bolanos in his left rib cage, and told him to sit down and wait for law enforcement to arrive.
The victim—who is not being identified under Marsy's Law—was not visibly injured and declined medical treatment.
Deputies later found Bolanos to be the primary aggressor and charged him with simple battery. A search of his vehicle also yielded 258 Xanax 2 mg. tablets, leading him to be additionally charged with possessing a schedule IV substance.
After he was medically cleared, Bolanos was taken to the Volusia County Jail where he was later released on a $3,500 bond.