ORANGE CITY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Walter Gunther was handcuffed and escorted out of the Orange City Police Department and off to jail Tuesday morning.
Police say Gunther took off after hitting 14-year-old Danielle Llewellyn with his van as she was crossing U.S. Highway 17/92 early in the morning. They say Gunther's fiancée called 911 ten minutes after the crash.
"I just got home. I was on my way home from picking up my husband and I hit what I thought was an animal. Now, I've gotten out of my car and I've looked on the front of it and there's, it, it feels and smells like lip balm or something and I'm really worried it was a person," she told the 911 dispatcher.
Police say the woman was lying about driving the van, willing to take the blame of the accident for Gunther, whose license is suspended.
"We do have video of him getting in the vehicle from his place of employment just prior to the accident," said Lieutenant Jason Sampsell, with Orange City Police.
The man who found Llewellyn in the road called 911 and parked his car to shield her from being hit by other cars.
He said, "I don't think she's breathing. But, I tried to yell at her to wake her up and she's not responding."