WV: Volusia deputy killed in W.Va. accident
November 27, 2009
Volusia deputy killed in W.Va. accident
Those who knew him best said Juan Santiago-Colon was a prince of a guy
and a great public servant who did his job with pride.
The 47-year-old Volusia County sheriff's deputy and father of three from
Deltona died Tuesday while on a hunting trip in Ronceverte, W.Va., when one
of his sons accidentally ran over him, sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson
"This was an incredibly tragic death that has us all in deep shock and
sadness," he said Thursday.
Santiago-Colon, a Navy veteran, was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and
worked the past 10 years for the Sheriff's Office.
"He was truly one of the good guys. He was always smiling, always
positive. He got along with everyone he met," Volusia County Sheriff Ben
Johnson said. "He worked the road, he worked as a school resource officer
and security at the (DeLand) courthouse." Investigators in West Virginia
reported to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office that Santiago-Colon asked
one of his twin 10-year-old sons to move his truck forward, but instead the
boy accidentally put the truck in reverse and ran over his father, Davidson
The deputy was taken to the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center where he was
pronounced dead by the Greenbrier County Medical Examiner.
Santiago-Colon is survived by his mother, Aida, whom he lived with;
10-year-old twins Hunter and Cruz and 5-year-old Seth who live with their
mother in Palm Coast; a brother, Martin, El Paso, Texas; and a sister,
Marilyn, Caguas, Puerto Rico.
"I've talked to his mother and she's obviously devastated," Johnson said.
Friends from Deltona Lakes Baptist Church have been in contact with
Johnson, he said, and shared kind words and condolences since hearing the
"I've (also) talked to a lot of the people he worked with, and everyone
feels very low about this whole thing," Johnson said. "We've lost one of
Baldauff Family Funeral Home and Crematory, 1233 Saxon Blvd., Deltona, is
in charge of arrangements. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, with the
funeral immediately following and an honor guard from the Sheriff's Office.
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