Two men have been charged in an attack on a woman who had just left a wedding party for her son at a Daytona Beach bar when she was struck in the head, knocking her to the ground and critically injuring her, police said.
Pamela Lynn Burich, 48, and her group were walking to their hotel about 2:50 a.m. on Sept. 12 after the party at Coyote Ugly at 512 Seabreeze Blvd. when they found themselves in the middle of two other groups that appeared to be about to fight each other, a report said.
That’s when a man in one of the other groups punched Burich in the head, knocking her to the pavement and causing her to hit her head, the report said. Burich was knocked unconscious and taken to Halifax Health Medical Center with severe head trauma, the report said. She was then transferred to Shands Hospital where doctors performed surgery on her, according to the report.
After hitting Burich at the corner of Seabreeze Boulevard and Grandview Avenue, the attacker ran south toward the back parking lot of Molly Browns at 542 Seabreeze Blvd., the report said.
Witnesses pursued the attacker who jumped into a white pickup driven by another man and fled the scene, a report said. But not before a witness noticed a distinctive red leather seats and trim in the pickup, the report said.
On Thursday, Daytona Beach Police said they found the man and the truck’s driver.
Kyle James Oliver, 23, of Ormond Beach, was charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm/disability, according to the report. Oliver was being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail on Friday on $100,000 bail.
Daniel Thomas Leonard, 20, of Palm Coast, was charged with principle to aggravated battery causing bodily harm, according to the report. Leonard was released from the Flagler County jail after posting a $25,000 bond.
It was a picture of Leonard’s pickup, a Dodge Ram Rebel edition, which helped police break the case. After releasing a picture of the truck from a security video on Sept. 28, police got a tip that Leonard owned such a truck and frequented the bars on Seabreeze Boulevard.
After more investigation, a witness was shown a picture of Leonard’s truck and said that’s the one he saw the night of the attack, the report said.
However, the witness could not pick out Leonard from a photo lineup. Police showed the witness a picture array containing Leonard’s photo and five others. The witness went from Leonard’s picture to another before finally picking the photo that was not Leonard, the report said.
But the witness was able pick out Oliver’s picture from a second photo lineup, the report said. The witness said afterward that he would never forget his face, according to the report.
Detectives spoke to Leonard at the Beach Front Grille in Flagler Beach but what he said was redacted from the report.
Leonard declined to comment when reached by the News-Journal.