Police release name of victim in deadly hit-and-run in Daytona Beach

By Brittany Jones, Reporter
Last Updated: Wednesday, February 07, 2018, 8:39 PM EST

The woman who was found dead in a hit-and-run accident has been identified and the description of the vehicle that struck her has been released, according to the Daytona Beach Police Department.

  • Rusty Bovee was found near South Nova Road
  • Police are searching for maroon pickup truck

Rusty Bovee was found on the side of a street near South Nova Road and Forest Glen Boulevard just after 7 a.m. Wednesday, according to police.

The deadly accident happened across from the Southern Villas townhomes.

Bovee, 35, was a Daytona Beach resident.

Police are trying to piece together what happened.

"We have no idea really if the accident occurred 20 mins prior or two hours prior. We are not sure about that. That's something that we are looking into right now and trying to determine who hit her," Lyda Longa, the Police Department's public information officer, told Spectrum News 13.

The Daytona Police Department are searching for a 2007 or 2009 Mitsubishi Raider that is maroon in color and the passenger side headlight is missing and there is a front-end damage. (Editor's note: This is not an actual photo of the pickup truck.) (Daytona Police Department)

Residents in the area say the intersection is a dangerous one. 

“Pedestrians are coming across here and you don't always see them it's one of the scariest corners I think in Daytona,” said Marcia Williams, resident.

Another resident Bea Jarvis said people have been killed at the intersection in the past. When she takes the bus, she said she rides to extra stops so she doesn't have to get off on the other side of the road.

"I will not cross this road at all,” Jarvis said.

Police are searching for a 2007 or 2009 Mitsubishi Raider that is maroon in color and the passenger side headlight is missing and there is a front-end damage.

The pickup truck, which appears to have dark-colored rims, was seen heading eastbound on Bellevue Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Police said the vehicle has a passenger light out and front end damage.

Jarvis is hoping someone with information will come forward to give the woman’s family closure. 

“I hope so, I mean that poor family. I feel sorry for the family,” she said.

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