William Lavender, 92, Dies in Wreck as Car Crashes Into McDonald’s on Belle Terre
FlaglerLive | February 28, 2016
William Lavender, a 92-year-old resident of Palm Coast’s P-Section, died Sunday afternoon when a medical issue caused him partially to drive into the McDonald’s restaurant on Belle Terre Parkway, just south of Kohl’s.
Three patrons at the restaurants sustained “very minor injuries,” according to the Florida Highway Patrol, from flying glass caused by the impact. Other than in the immediate aftermath of the wreck, the restaurant did not cease operations and was doing brisk business in later afternoon, having boarded up the damaged glass facade when the FHP investigation at the scene was over.
According to the investigation, Lavender was at the wheel of a 2014 Chevrolet Equinox, a white SUV, when he drove to the restaurant just after noon. He was backing up into a marked parking space in the McDonald’s parking lot when he suffered “an unknown medical event” (later to be termed a heart attack), according to the FHP’s report. As a result, the Chevrolet started going forward, struck some bushes, veered northwestward as the vehicle rotated counterclockwise, with the rear of the vehicle crashing into the restaurant. The SUV came to a final stop facing southwest.
Lavender was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler, where he was pronounced dead due to cardiac arrest just before 1 p.m. Lavender had lived at his P-Section home for 22 years. Other than the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office and FHP, Flagler County Fire Rescue and the Palm Coast Fire Department responded to the incident, with traffic control by the Palm Coast Fire Police.