Daytona Beach cops: Mainland HS student struck & killed in crosswalk on way to school

Minland HS in Daytona Beach / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer / Stephanie Boebert, 19, killed in the Monday morning accident, is shown in a cut-out image above, along with cops at the scene. Shown here at left is Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Florida.

By Henry Frederick
Headline Surfer
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A 19-year-old special needs student at Mainland High School was struck and killed Monday in a nearby crosswalk while walking to school after apparently missing her bus, Daytona Beach cops said.

Stephanie Boebert was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:04 a.m. when cops arrived after receiving several 9-1-1 calls.

Here is a synopsis of what happened as described by Daytona Beach Police spokesman Detective Sgt. Jimmy Flynt: Pedestrian Stephanie Boebert, W/F 07-23-97, was crossing west on International Speedway Boulevard at Nova Road on the south side. A vehicle being operated by Paul Dborak, W/M 07/19/54, was traveling east bound on Speedway, making a right turn onto Nova Road. She was struck and died of her injuries at the scene.

“It's just a tragic accident,” Flynt said, adding, "It appears that the driver may have violated her rights because she was in the crosswalk. He said he didn’t see her. The sun was kind of glaring down this morning.“

Witnesses told police the light was red at the time of the fatal accident for traffic going north and south on Nova Road at the time.

Dborak, 64, of Daytona Beach, who did get out of his vehicle to help the fallen victim, won't be criminally charged in her death, but will be issued a traffic-related summons in the mail, cops said.

International Speedway Blvd / Headline SurferStephanie Boebert's grieving mom / Headline SurferStephanie Boebert / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer / Stephanie Miller's life came to an abrupt end Monday morning whenm she was struck and killed while in a crosswalk at Nova Road and International Speedway Boulvard, one of the heaviest traffic concentration areas in Volusia County. The 19 year-old-shown here in the inset had to overcome a lot of daily life's obstacles because she was born with Alfi's syndrome, a chromosonal disorder, according to her mom, Susan Boebert, also shown here.

Boebert, who lived on the beachside, decided to walk to school, after apparently missing her bus, according to family members and friends.

Stephanie Boebert, the oldest of three siblings, was born with Alfi's syndrome, also referred to as the 9p minus syndrome, a very rare chromosomal disorder that causes mental and physical disabilities than can severely impact daily life.

"She was a good girl - she had a lot of problems in her life," Stephanie Boebert's mom, Susan Boebert, told WKMG Channel 6 reporter Loren Korn ."They said she'd never walk or talk, but hey, she graduated last year."

The Volusia County School District said in a statement that Boebert earned her diploma last year, but deferred her graduation status so she could attend Mainland High School for another year "in order to acquire additional experiences in learning life and employability skills." 

"We are deeply saddened to lose this very special Buccaneer, Cheryl Salerno, principal of Mainland High, said in a prepared statement of the sudden passing of Stephanie Boebert. "To say that our hearts are broken could only begin to describe the emptiness we now face each day without Stephanie."

Mainland HS Principal Cheryl SalernoThe Volusia County School District said in a statement that Boebert earned her diploma last year, but deferred her graduation status so she could attend Mainland High School for another year "in order to acquire additional experiences in learning life and employability skills." 

"We are deeply saddened to lose this very special Buccaneer, Cheryl Salerno, principal of Mainland High shown here, said in a prepared statement of the sudden passing of Stephanie Boebert. "To say that our hearts are broken could only begin to describe the emptiness we now face each day without Stephanie."

Stephanie Boebert was one of two Florida high school students killed Monday while walking to school.

A 15-year-old girl, Elizabeth Ross, was walking to Sandalwood High School in Jacksonville, when she, too was struck and killed by a motorist, the The Florida Times-Union has reported.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says Ross was taken to a nearby hospital, where she died a short time later, according to the published Times-Union report.

Stephanie Boebert, 19, killed, in Daytona / Headline SurferA GoFundMe account has been set up by Stephanie Boebert's family to help defray her funeral costs.

You can contribute by going to this link: https://www.gofundme.com/stephanie-boebert-memorial-fund-2ud7cw8s.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.