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Palm Coast Woman Hospitalized Following 2-SUV Wreck on US1, By Hess Station

| July 5, 2012

The offending car didn’t yield. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Mary Rosalind Barber, a 52-year-old resident of Westbury Lane in Palm Coast, was driving north on U.S. 1 in her Jeep SUV late Thursday afternoon–no speeding, no unusual movement. The SUV is bright red. The afternoon light was bright but not blinding.

Just before 5:45, Barber was approaching the Hess station and convenience store south of Korona. A small convoy of three cars had pulled in there a little earlier, including Silas Cortez-Florez, a 27-year-old resident of Rome, Ga., who is down here visiting with family. He was at the wheel of a white Chevy Trail Blazer, with four people in the car, including a couple of children. He was pulling out of the Hess station, which is on the east side of the four-lane, divided highway, to make a left turn and go south on U.S. 1.

“He said he didn’t see anybody coming,” A Florida Highway Patrol investigator said of Cortez-Florez at the scene.

He cut off Barber’s right of way, whose Jeep slammed into the side of the driver’s side front of the Trail Blazer, tipping the Jeep on its side as it slid into the median, where it came to rest, just past a Yield sign it struck. It ended up diagonal with the highway, with considerable damage. The Trail Blazer ended just past the median facing northwest on the southbound lane.

Barber was transported with undetermined injuries to Florida Hospital Flagler, but the FHP investigator said she did to appear to have been seriously hurt. Neither Cortez-Florez nor the passengers in his car were hurt, the investigator said, except for one woman who complained of neck pain.

Until then, it had been a relatively quiet holiday week on local roads.

The Palm Coast Fire Department and Flagler County Fire Rescue and the Palm Coast Fire Department responded, as did the Palm Coast Fire Police, which shut down a lane on each side of the highway, though traffic was light and backed up only briefly. At close to 7 p.m., the vehicles and the investigator, along with the occupants of the Trail Blazer and the other cars that were part of Cortez-Florez’s group, were still at the scene, finishing paperwork and awaiting John’s Towing, the wrecking service.

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

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

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

Detail from the Trail Blazer’s impact side. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Silas Cortez-Florez, the driver of the Trail Blazer, stands to the right at the scene. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Objects in the median near the Jeep. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

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

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6 Responses for “Palm Coast Woman Hospitalized Following 2-SUV Wreck on US1, By Hess Station”

  1. Charles F. Ericksen, Jr says:

    This is a challenging area, with a short deadly history. About 3 years ago, an older man , riding a scooter, was killed by a utility truck pulling out of the same station, into his path. After that, a young lady was killed, about 2 miles North of there , while driving her scooter. More recently, 2 women were killed, when they pulled out of Plantation, into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

  2. elaygee says:

    SI’ve had enough of “I didn’t see nobody” as a reason for not paying attention or being impatient.

  3. FBGrl says:

    It doesn’t have to be a challenging area. People around here are constantly in a rush. I’m sure he didn’t see the Jeep coming – the way people barely glance each way before crossing (or look at all) is something that needs to be addressed. Quite frankly, “I didn”t see anyone coming” is a cop-out excuse at best. Accidents happen but this was 100% preventable.

  4. palmcoaster says:

    This driver needs to be harshly penalized for cutting off into the Jeep that had the right of way! Wether a car or a motorcycle or a scooter or specially a cyclist…NOT forgiveness to the drivers that cut the right of way!

  5. Initialjoe says:

    I am glad nobody was seriously hurt…and that it was all SUV on SUV crashing. If it were a compact car, or an older car, it could have been much worse.

  6. Anonymous says:

    “He said he didn’t see anybody coming,” is just saying i did not LOOK to see if their was anybody else on the road but ME.

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