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Elderly Palm Coast Man Is Killed in St. Johns Wreck, His Wife Is in Critical Condition

| December 16, 2011

The area of U.S. 1, just north of Shores Blvd., where the wreck took place.

Richard Mayor, an 83-year-old resident of Palm Coast, was killed Thursday evening in a single-car wreck on U.S. 1 in St. Johns County. His wife, Carol, 78, is in critical condition at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, the Florida Highway Patrol reports.

Richard Mayor was traveling south on U.S. 1, on the outside lane of the four-lane highway, just after 7 p.m. on Dec. 15. He was driving a 2011 Kia Soul.

He was just north of Shores Boulevard, in the area of St. Augustine Shores, when for unknown reasons, the car swerved off the highway to the right, grassy shoulder, where the car struck a concrete culvert. The car then went across a paved driveway and struck a tree on the front, driver’s side portion of the Kia, sending the car in a rotation until it came to rest facing northeast, on the shoulder.

St. Johns County Fire Rescue pronounced Richard Mayor dead at the scene. Carol was initially taken to Flagler Hospital by ambulance. She was later flown to Shands.

The Mayors live on Claymont Court South in Palm Court.

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9 Responses for “Elderly Palm Coast Man Is Killed in St. Johns Wreck, His Wife Is in Critical Condition”

  1. Deborah Curbow-Valente says:

    Thoughts and prayers to the Mayor family……

  2. The Truth says:

    How sad, my thoughts and prayers are with this man, his wife and his family. Accidents are horrible no matter when they happen, but around the holiday’s is always sad to see.

  3. B. Claire says:

    What a tragedy. So sorry for family and friends.

    Am surprised because 2011 Kia Soul sounded to be an excellent safety choice. Front & side airbags etc.

    Seem quite popular…all over Palm Coast.

    Thoughts and prayers for all.

  4. Steve says:

    Yet another reason for mandatory license revocation at age 80.

    • Karen says:

      Do you know anything about the man? Are you aware of any medical issues that you can generalize such a comment? Very ignorant, uneducated comment and your compassion at this time of year is so heartwarming!! It’s always nice to see such humanity in the world!!

    • Mayor says:

      you should think about what you say on these forums before you right because that is my grandfather and he was a great driver you don’t know exactly what happened just by reading an article like this. the man had heart problems not driving problems.

      • Nancy N. says:

        First off, let me say that I’m sorry for your family’s loss and wish your grandmother a full recovery.

        However, I think too many people take the view that you do that they or someone they love has “heart problems and not driving problems.” If a medical problem compromises your ability to drive or poses a high risk of incapacitating you behind the wheel, then your medical problem IS a driving problem.

        My husband, in his 40’s, nearly killed several people having a medical incident behind the wheel because of an undiagnosed medical condition. It’s not something to be taken lightly.

        It is HARD to tell someone that they shouldn’t be driving. And it’s not fun to step up and take responsibility for helping them when they can’t drive. But sometimes it is the responsible thing to do, for everyone’s safety.

  5. Angelo Walsh says:

    my thoughs and prayers go out to the mayor family.i’ve known them since i was about 11 years old and im now 29..they are good friends of my grandparents and they were very lovely people..dick you will be missed and carol keep fighting..

  6. We were shocked to see the story and are so sorry for the Mayor family loss. Both Richard and Carol are patients of ours and they were always so nice and Richard always had a way about him of making you laugh. He will truly be missed by us. We will pray for Carol and for the Mayor Family.
    Steve Yuhas and Gracie Woolbright, Advanced Hearing Centers of America, Palm Coast, FL

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