Flagler Humane Society Truck Collides With Lexus at SR100 and CR302; Trauma Alert for 2
FlaglerLive | August 11, 2013
The intersection of State Road 100 and County Road 302 just west of Bunnell is notoriously dangerous, judging from its history of wrecks. At dusk Sunday, it was the site of another.
A Flagler County Humane Society Chevrolet pick-up truck collided there with a Lexus ES 300, sending the Lexus into a ditch on the northeast side of 100, and overturning the truck, which ended up on its crumpled roof near the middle of 100.
The wreck took place at 7:35 p.m., less than half an hour before sunset.
Anthony MacKay, 32, of Bunnell, was at the wheel of the Humane Society truck. Allyson Bennett, 32, was at the wheel of the 1996 Lexus, with Aayden Samples, 4, as a passenger. Bennett and McKay were both evacuated by ground as trauma alerts to Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach. Asked at 8:15 p.m. if injuries to either were life-threatening, Derek Fraser, Bunnell’s fire chief, who was in command at the scene, said it was “too early to determine that.”
By the time the Florida Highway Patrol issued a press release with the victims’ identities, Mckay’s injuries were listed as serious, Bennett’s and Aayden’s as minor. She and Ayden were wearing seat belts.
McKay truck had been partially ejected from the Humane Society truck, and suffered a possible femur fracture. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to the Florida Highway Patrol investigation.
Aayden appeared not to have been injured. A family member arrived at the scene and carried the boy from the scene of the crash. Paramedics were hoping to have Aayden checked out at Florida Hospital Flagler for precautionary measures. At one point the family member carrying Aayden took him to the ambulance where Bennett had been transported, strapped on a gurney. Aayden was able to peek in through the side window briefly. He then wrapped his arms around the man’s neck and buried his face in the crook of his neck as the ambulance turned around and, at 8:08 p.m., headed east on 100.
There were no animals on board the Humane Society truck, which leaked fuel across 100. The fuel was sopped up with sand.
According to the highway patrol investigation, Bennett was traveling west on 100, McKay was traveling east, when Bennett attempted to make a left onto 302, violating McKay’s right-of-way. Alcohol is not a factor in the crash. Charges are pending against Bennett, who likely will face a careless charging charge.
A deep gash a few yards east of the intersection, on the Bunnell-bound side of the road, indicates where the collision took place. The Lexus was struck violently on the passenger side. The truck appeared to have had a frontal collision. Initially, responders were told that one of the vehicle may have been on fire. That turned out not to be the case.
Flagler County Fire Rescue dispatched three ambulances to the scene, along with an engine and Battalion Chief Jamie Burnsed. Bunnell had its chief and a fire engine there. The Palm Coast Fire Police regulated traffic. Traffic on both CR302 and SR100 was shut down or diverted until, at 8:15 p.m., one lane reopened on 100.
The Florida Highway Patrol was to investigate the crash, but had not yet arrived at the scene at 8:30 p.m. Vehicles could not be removed from the scene until the investigation was completed.
It was the second trauma emergency of the day on Flagler roads. Earlier this morning, Air One, the Volusia County emergency helicopter, airlifted a teenager to Halifax after he was struck by a car on State Road 100 near Seminole Woods Boulevard.