DeLand man charged with vehicular homicide

A 22-year-old DeLand man has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection to an August crash that killed a passenger in the vehicle he was driving. 

Zachary Caron was arrested Tuesday on one charge of vehicular homicide and was booked in the Volusia County Branch Jail. He has since been released since posting bond.

Caron's charge stems from an August 7 crash west of the intersection of South Boston Avenue and East Beresford Avenue. The back right passenger, Nathan Swire, 21 (DOB: 03-26-1999) was pronounced dead shortly after officers arrived on scene. 

Upon initial investigation, it was determined speed was a likely contributing factor of the crash with tire marks from the vehicle measuring roughly 140 feet in length and debris being found about 200 feet away from where the car came to a stop. 

In interviews with officers, Caron and another passenger both stated that the group was headed to a nearby liquor store. Caron couldn't estimate the speed he was going, but the passenger believed the car was traveling 45 miles per hour but later amended his statement by saying the car was likely going 50 to 60 mph and that he felt "unsafe and nervous" before the crash occurred. Both stated that the group had not been drinking prior to the crash.

Data, however, downloaded from the car through a crash data retrieval system showed the vehicle traveling at a speed of 95.6 mph five seconds before the crash and 71.4 mph at impact. The speed limit for that area is 35 mph.

DNA evidence from the scene also confirmed that Caron was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.