Police: 14-year-old girl killed by driver in Orange City

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 01, 2017, 3:52 PM EDT

A 14-year-old girl was struck and killed by a driver with a suspended license early Tuesday morning, according to the Orange City Police Department.

  • Name of teenager has not been released
  • Walter J. Gunther charged with leaving scene of deadly crash

Police arrived at U.S. Highway 17-92, just south of Enterprise Road, at about 2:10 a.m. to find a teenager on the road. Police determined she was hit by a vehicle, and rescue personnel pronounced her dead, according to Lt. Jason Sampsell in a news release.

Danielle Briene T. Llewellyn of Orange City was identified by investigators as the teen killed in the crash.

Minutes later, at 2:24 a.m., Walter J. Gunther of Orange City called law enforcement to say he thought he had hit an animal, police said. But police investigators determined that the 30-year-old driver struck the teenager, who had a skateboard, Sampsell said.

Gunther admitted he was driving a van and that his license was suspended, Sampsell said.

Gunther was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death and driving on a suspended driver's license. He was taken to Volusia County Branch Jail and has a bond of $15,500.