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70-Year-Old Palm Coast Man Critical After His Car Overturns Into Ditch on Belle Terre

| January 26, 2015

The Chevrolet ended up facing southwest after the crash. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

The Chevrolet ended up facing southwest after the crash. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Victor Jesus Ortiz, 70, of Palm Coast, was in critical condition Monday evening after he lost control of his car, swerved, and overturned in shallow ditch on Belle Terre Parkway, just south of the Palm Coast Fire Department’s Station 25.


Ortiz was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler with a weak pulse. Critical patients are usually flown or driven to Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach. A Florida Highway Patrol investigator at the scene had not yet determined why the victim was taken to Florida Hospital as he awaited further word on the man’s fate.

Belle Terre Parkway northbound was shut down from Central Avenue (at the Palm Coast shopping center) to Royal Palms Parkway soon after the 5 p.m. crash,. and remained closed for the next 90 minutes.

Conditions at the time of the crash were dry and daylight still prevailed. A witness told the FHP investigator that she saw the driver swerve before the crash. “He was all over the road, then he left the road and overturned,” the investigator said. Rescue units from the Palm Coast Fire Department and Flagler County Fire Rescue cut the car’s roof to get to the driver as the vehicle stood on its left (driver’s side) flank in the wet ditch, between the road and the sidewalk.

The witness, Diane Schofield, later wrote in a Facebook post: “I witnessed the car directly in front of me crash and flip[] in the culvert. He had a pulse when I got to him and his eyes were fixed. [T]he paramedics got to him after they used the jaws of life to cut off the roof he was strapped in and not a scrap or scratch on him. Once the[y] got him out they were doing chest compressions  but were unable to revive him. Sad to see the ambulance pull away and not have sirens on. The firefighters said he coded. Very hard thing to go through.”

The car, a 2003 Chevrolet sedan that was traveling north, ended up facing southwest. No one else was involved or hurt in the crash.

The Palm Coast Fire Police was controlling traffic in the area. Firefighter-paramedics from nearby Station 25 were in command of the scene. “The engine from that station was returning from a medical call when the accident was paged out,” Palm Coast Fire Chief Mike Beadle said. The Station 25 personnel was returning from a call in the Whiteview area, giving the impression that the station itself, a few feet from the crash, had not responded. Flagler County’s Station 92 was also on scene. Station 21 was called, then cancelled on the way as Station 25 responded.

The wreck shut down the northbound lanes of Belle Terre Parkway. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

The wreck shut down the northbound lanes of Belle Terre Parkway. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

 

Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

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9 Responses for “70-Year-Old Palm Coast Man Critical After His Car Overturns Into Ditch on Belle Terre”

  1. just me says:

    Sounds like a possible medical issue while driving hope he is well and glad no others where hurt.

  2. #1 Gator Fan says:

    Unsure why it doesn’t happen more often on the Belle Terre Speedway.

  3. Flagler Resident 45 yrs. says:

    Another reason why physical examinations and renewal of driver’s license should be required every 2 years for anyone 65 and older

    • Denise says:

      @ Flagler Resident 45 yrs, I am the niece of the person who had the accident and just for your information my uncle had a heart attack and afterwards had a stroke. Please don’t judge before you know the real facts. He’s not doing well at all.

  4. Donna Heiss says:

    @ Flagler Resident. Anyone at any age can walk out of their “physical exam” and have a stroke/heart attack or medical emergency. Lost my grandfather 2 days after a physical exam that was perfect. He was 62.

    Sending well wishes to Mr. Ortiz.

    • Concerned says:

      Keeping Victor and his family in thought and prayer. Heart attacks can happen to anyone at any age. Please don’t judge so hastily before you know the facts. Denise, u are in our prayers.

  5. PeachesMcGee says:

    Speed enforcement is non-existent in Palm Coast.

    Anyone been to the new Town Center SuperSpeedway? Posted limit is 25 mph but most racers can reach speeds of 50+ mph.

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