There is no word yet on who the deputy is, but sheriff’s spokesman Lt. John Herrell said the action taken is standard in cases involving a fatality, and that the deputy will be on leave until an investigation into the accident is completed.

According to the incident report, the deputy saw a gray Ford Mustang run a red light in Minneola just after 1 a.m. A chase followed when the driver of the Mustang, identified as Wilvenson Darius, 23, of Groveland, was directed to pull over.  The chase led onto  U.S. Highway 27, through residential areas, and involved a number of other deputies.
The deputies called off the pursuit once Darius cross into Orange County. They later learned that Darius subsequently lost control of his car, veered into the oncoming lane and crashed into a Nissan about a half-mile into Orange County on Oakland Avenue.

The head-on collision caused the death of the Nissan’s driver, 19-year-old Carlos Sanchez Santiago, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the incident report when officials reached the Ford, it smelled like marijuana inside.  A handgun was also found in the center console.

Darius was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for his injuries and charged in Orange County with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, felony homicide and negligent manslaughter.  In Lake County he was charged with aggravated assault, driving with a suspended license and fleeing.