Relative of former Super Bowl MVP arrested following fatal crash in Deland
(Orlando Sentinel) DELAND, Fla. – After Carley Csonka finished driving in excess of 80 mph down Old Daytona Road in October in DeLand, police say she told her two passengers she wanted to go faster.
“Next time, we will go 100 mph,” she told her passengers, according to her arrest affidavit.
Police said Csonka was going about that fast when she lost control of her vehicle, and collided with a cement pillar weighing more than a ton. One of the passengers, 15-year-old Harold M. Weinfurtner, was killed.
According to the arrest report, cell phone video taken by one of the passengers shows the car topping out at 105 mph, and captured the screams of the occupants during the crash.
The 18-year-old Csonka, who said she is a relative of Pro Football Hall of Famer Larry Csonka, was arrested Tuesday and faces a vehicular homicide charge.
Two people were fishing in a nearby pond just after 11:30 pm. when they saw Csonka’s 2005 Toyota Scion speeding on Old Daytona near Brunswick go by the first time, police said. They saw the vehicle turn around and start revving up for a second pass.
Police said the tires on the passenger side of the vehicle went on to the grass shoulder after a curve when Old Daytona turns into Biscayne Boulevard. She over corrected, causing the car to go sideways.
The car left the road, went airborne and spun around, police said. The passenger side crashed into the pillar, which was uprooted from the ground, according to police.
There was heavy damage to the passenger side – Harold was sitting in the front passenger seat – and the car’s bumper separated from the vehicle, police said
Harold was taken to Florida Hospital DeLand where he was pronounced dead. His family could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
The other passenger, 14, suffered some cuts to her arm. Her name was not released.
One of the officers who responded to the scene said he heard Csonka tell her mother that “they just wanted a ride and I was showing off,” according to the arrest report. She also said a vehicle pulled out in front of her, but police said witnesses never saw another vehicle, according to the report.
According to her Facebook page, Csonka is a photography student at Daytona State College. When reached by phone Tuesday, she declined comment about the crash.
An obituary for Larry Csonka’s mother, Mildred, on the Redmon Funeral Home website, lists Carley as her great-granddaughter.
Efforts to reach Larry Csonka, who starred as a fullback on the 1972 Miami Dolphins Super Bowl team, were unsuccessful Tuesday.