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SUV Crosses Belle Terre, Flips Across Ditch And Through Backyard; One Woman Hurt

| August 17, 2012

The SUV traveled 100 yards or more off course from the southbound lanes of Belle Terre Parkway, ending up past the yard of a house at 20 Point of Woods Drive. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

It could have been much worse. Lunchtime traffic was heavy on Belle Terre Parkway in both directions today.

At 12:30, Ana Maiato, a Palm Coast nurse’s aid–as the magnetic sign on her SUV says–was traveling south on the Parkway. Just past Point Pleasant and before Royal Palm Parkway, something happened that authorities haven’t figured out yet: the driver, who has a disability license plate, lost control of the car, a Ford Escape, which began crossing the median at a slight angle, then crossing the two northbound lanes of Belle Terre Parkway for 30 to 40 yards before slamming into the ditch.

The SUV somehow kept going, smashing into a white fence and flipping through the backyard of a house with a swimming pool. The SUV ended up on its roof, at the southeast corner of the property–and virtually past the property and into the shrubbery of an empty lot next door. Two trees appear to have played a role in finally arresting the car. Not a single other vehicle was involved as the SUV crossed into the path of northbound traffic.

Maiato was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler with non-life-threatening injuries, a Florida Highway Patrol investigator at the scene said. No one at the house, a 2,100-square-foot single-level residence owned by Lidia Colon, was hurt. The back of the SUV’s sticker told a story: Daytona State College, Rymfire Elementary School, Keiser University,

Authorities later learned that Maiato had suffered from a medical issue, possibly a seizure, when she was at the wheel of the car, triggering the incident. There will likely be no citation, the FHP investigator said, but she will face a medical review that would decide whether she may keep her driver’s license.

A broad swath of fencing was demolished, but that appeared to be the extent of the property damage. Pulling the vehicle out of the backyard was not an easy job, even after it was righted. John’s Towing was the wrecker, and by 2 p.m. it was still in the yard. The Palm Coast Fire Police closed the right, northbound lane of Belle Terre but for only about half an hour, and traffic was never seriously backed up. The scene, at least from the road-side, was cleared around 1 p.m.

The fencing of the house along Belle Terre Parkway, looking north, in the direction the SUV came through. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

The house, which fronts on Point of Woods Drive. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

The SUV deep in the yard. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

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

Towing it took a while. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

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8 Responses for “SUV Crosses Belle Terre, Flips Across Ditch And Through Backyard; One Woman Hurt”

  1. Geezer says:

    Poor little lady. Wow, I am 99.9% sure that I saw this lady at Target the other day.
    Her car has a handicapped tag, and she was parked right next to me.

    I hope that she makes a rapid recovery. Holy smokes!

  2. Ray Thorne says:

    Hope the driver is ok and glad no one else was injured.

  3. pamala zill says:

    I hope the authorities. Will figure this out. It really does seem very very odd…JYST TOO BIZARRE. Glad she is alright. Looking up… Hmmmmm

    • sween m says:

      why does it seem odd? seizures do occur and accidents do happen!Glad she is ok but really Pam?

      [In fairness to Pamala Zill, her comment was written and approved before the story was updated to reflect what authorities had learned later in the afternoon about the possible seizure.–FL]

  4. question says:

    So sorry all involved had to go through such a trumatic incident. Yet another hellacious afternoon in our mostly quiet little Palm Coast. Wishing the driver a quick recovery and homeowner a quick cleanup and new fence. Once again kudos to our police & fire crews & John’s Towing.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Ana , Hope your ok , sat next to her all morning at the courthouse as she was dealing with non criminal issues . she appeared to be fine when she left but a little upset but seizures and come on suddenly especially when under stress. Glad everyone is ok.

  6. Tammy says:

    Hope she is ok, and glad no one else was inj
    ured. is a church affiliated sports program for kids. First Baptist Church of Palm Coast does Upward here in PC. They have cheer and basketball…..great program for kids.

  7. anonymous says:

    If there’s a history of seizures, she shouldn’t be behind the wheel !!!!!!! She could have killed someone!

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