7-Year-Old Boy Critical After Crash on Old Kings Road Shears Car in Half
FlaglerLive | September 19, 2010
A 42-year-old woman and a young boy were traveling south on Old Kings Road late this afternoon when, about a mile and half south of Old Kings Elementary school, the Honda Integra the woman was driving swerved right off the road, about 30 feet, and slammed into twin utility poles.
The boy, Nate Truelove, who is 7, was in critical condition. The woman, Leslie Yazurlo, of Flagler Beach, was in stable condition, with minor injuries. Both were taken to nearby Florida Hospital Flagler. At 5:45, a Flagler County’s Fireflight helicopter flew over the scene of the wreck on its way south, to Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach. It was carrying the young boy. Nate was later taken to Arnold Palmer children’s hospital in Orlando.
The car was sheared in half, across the rear seat. A sliver of steel kept the two parts barely attached after the car came to rest several feet past the utility pole. The front end was upright, facing northwest. The rear chassis and tires were upside down, facing southwest. From a deep gash on the passenger side, it appeared like the car struck the larger utility pole on that side. Tire tracks were visible from the edge of the road, where the car swerved off, to the two utility poles.
Florida Highway Patrol trooper C. Conrad concluded that Yazurlo’s car veered off the road to the right; Yazurlo then over-corrected twice–first to get back on the road, then to avoid oncoming, northbound traffic, which sent the car back onto west-side grass and against the utility pole. The tire tracks at the scene, however, show a more direct line, suggesting the car drove off the road, skidding on the grass and hitting the pole on the passenger side while trying to steer back to the road.
The wreck took place at about 4:45 p.m. Two units of the Flagler County Fire and Rescue department, led by Capt. Ron Bolser, responded, as did two units of the Florida Highway Patrol. The identity of the 7-year-old passenger was not released, but his address was listed as DeLand in a Florida Highway Patrol report. Both Yazurlo and Nate were wearing seat-belts.
Traffic on the southbound lane of Old Kings Road was closed for an hour. It reopened at 5:45, though Florida Highway Patrol troopers were still at the scene, analyzing the vehicle’s path and trying to determine precisely what had happened. John’s Towing took the vehicle away at about 6:45 p.m.
The wreck caps a violent weekend on Flagler County roads. Late Saturday night, a Jacksonville motorcyclist, Gary Audette, was killed while riding south on I-95, just north of Palm Coast Parkway, after he lost control of the motorcycle. Less than two hours later, a man who had just finished his shift at J.T.’s Seafood Shack on State Road A1A in the Hammock was killed while riding his bike home.
And in Volusia County, 70-year-old Rosa Companioni of West Palm Beach was killed when the van she was in rolled over after a rear tire separated, and the driver, 73-year-old Roberto Companioni, also of West Palm Beach, lost control of the vehicle as it was traveling south in Port Orange. Rosa Companioni was ejected (she was not wearing a seat-belt). The van landed on her.
Wreck on Old Kings Road