Sheriff's Office, community mourning death of deputy's 17-year-old daughter

Darian Dearborn, shown in a photo posted on GoFundMe  ​​​​​​​

Darian Dearborn, shown in a photo posted on GoFundMe


The 17-year-old daughter of a Volusia County sheriff’s deputy lost her life in a car crash in Seville Wednesday afternoon, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

“The Volusia County Sheriff's Office family is grieving the loss of Darian Dearborn, the 17-year-old daughter of one of our deputies, Dennis Dearborn,” said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Gant. “Darian lost her life Wednesday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash in Seville.”

The crash happened around 2:05 p.m. near the corner of Raulerson Road and Brownlee Road, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

Dearborn was driving north on Raulerson Road and, "for an unknown reason," according to the report, her 2002 GMC SUV veered off the roadway, onto the east shoulder, overturned, and struck a tree.

Dearborn suffered fatal injuries, while a 14-year-old Pierson girl in the passenger seat suffered serious injuries and was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, according to the FHP report. The passenger was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, but Dearborn was not, the report said.

The crash remains under investigation.

“The Dearborn family is our family, and when a tragedy like this affects one of our own, we have to pull together and show them we’re here to carry them through,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said Thursday. “We will be here for whatever Dennis and his family need, whenever they need it.”

“This kind of tragedy is any family's nightmare, and our hearts are broken for Deputy Dearborn, his entire family and everyone who knew and loved Darian,” spokesman Gant added.

The Sheriff’s Office is raising money to help her family lay Darian Dearborn to rest.

The community can make contributions at

As of 11:30 a.m. Friday, 197 people had donated a total of $18,720 in about 20 hours.

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