Single mother of one killed in hit and run crash - FOX 35 News Orlando

Single mother of one killed in hit and run crash

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Laguadia Terry had just passed her college exit exam to become a nurse this weekend when she was killed in a hit and run crash.  The driver of a stolen minivan ran from the crash scene and is still on the loose.

"I heard this screech, 'Boom Boom! Boom! Boom!'" said Lauren Biro, who heard the crash around 1:15 Sunday morning.

She ran outside and snapped a photo of the Nissan in which Terry was a passenger.  Then, she called 911 and tried to help the driver, 26-year-old Sterling Slaton.

"He reached up and he had a cut on his face, and he realized there was blood there, and he started really kind of getting upset," she said.  "He didn't know what was going on. He said, 'Where am I?'"

Biro also saw Terry in the front seat, not moving.  "The whole passenger side, I mean, there was no door, just the metal frame pretty much left at that point."

Friends of Terry created a memorial at the crash scene on Monday. They left a cross and flowers, teddy bears and balloons where she died.

Police said two air bags deployed inside the stolen minivan, so there may have been two men inside when the deadly wreck happened.

"We are hoping that, if they don't come forward, that the DNA from when the airbags deployed, that we should be able to get DNA from the airbags," said Sgt. Jimmie Flynt with the Daytona Beach Police Department.

Slaton is in stable condition.  Terry's 3-year-old daughter is staying with her grandmother.

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