Vehicle hits swimmers at Daytona Beach; reported injuries

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A car crashed into the ocean while on approach to Daytona Beach, and injuries were reported.


The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened just before 5 p.m. Sunday. Authorities remained at the scene into the evening.

Our news gathering partner, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, said there were at least four woundedadding that a child was among the injured.

The vehicle crashed into the ocean on the approach to International Speed ​​​​Boulevard Beach at 300 Atlantic Avenue.

A witness told Spectrum News 13 that the car drove through a gate and onto the beach, hitting bathers and eventually falling into the water. The white Nissan Altima had front end damage, according to Spectrum News reporter Brandon T. Jones.

There was a general sense of shock that something like this could take place on a beach.

“I was standing right next to it, mate. I was standing right next to it. It took off right next to us. It was a good 80 to 90 miles per hour,” witness Richie DeLagarza said. “He didn’t slow down. Everyone was running as if something bad had happened.

Another witness told the News-Journal that the car destroyed a toll booth as it headed for the ocean. Photos from the scene showed debris strewn across the beach.

Hours after the crash, a tow truck was able to drive to the beach and remove the vehicle, Jones reported.

The News-Journal said the child was taken to hospital for treatment.

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