Daytona cops: Man deliberately struck and killed by hit-and-run driver on beachside

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Locator map of hit-and-run homicide in Daytona Beach / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer snapshot graphic / This locator map shows the location, 444 Seabreeze Bourlevard, of a deliberate hit-and-run fatality at 3:13 a.m. Sunday.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Cops are continuing their search this early Monday morning for the driver of a small red convertible car who they say deliberately struck and killed a man over the weekend in the rear parking lot of 444 Seavreeze Boulevard.

Police were vague in a brief press release with few details as to what happened. But this is as best what Headline Surfer could surmise from the release: A small red convertible car and a black Range Rover were at the light at Seabreeze and Oleander early Sunday heading westbound when words were exchanged between the driver of the red car and two pedestrians. The driver of the red car got out and a fight broke out.

The driver of the Range Rover then got out of his vehicle and repoertedly told his friend, "Let('s) go, it's not worth it," according to the press release.

Both drivers got back in their vehicles and continued westbound on Seabreeze while the men walking continued south on Oleander and to the rear of 444 Seabreeze, a parking lot.

That's when the driver of the red car spotted them and as they ran in opposite directions, prompting the driver to run over the man who was killed, first knocking the victim into the air with the front of his car. The red convertible then sped off. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The only descriprtion given of the motorists was that they were black. No description was given of the victim, including name, age or race, wih police saying they had to contact relatives before releasing his identity. A person with him was identified by police only as as "Gary Bruce." No other description was given, such as age, race or residence.

Police did say there were no passengers in either vehicle with the drivers, but they didn't indicate what may have prompted the deadly enccounter or if the parties involved knew each other.

Police said there should be damage to the front of the red car.

Anyone with information is asked to call Daytona Beach police at 386-671-5100.  

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