Last Updated: 4 p.m.
A Palm Coast pick-up truck belonging to the city’s public works department collided with a Toyota Corolla belonging to Faith Driving School on Red Mill Drive in Palm Coast, injuring at least one person, who was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler.
The collision took place just after 11 a.m. immediately north of the intersection with Regency Drive, along a stretch of uninhabited, very lightly trafficked road road. Red Mill is a U-shaped loop at the far west end of the R Section that extends from two points on Rymfire Drive. It’s not yet clear what caused the collision, which is being investigated by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.
The city’s truck was driven by Gary LaLima. Faith Driving School is registered at South 6th Street in Flagler Beach and owned by Hugh Pasqual.
The city’s Ford F-150’s front-right was smashed against the Corolla’s rear-left. The Corolla’s back windshield had shattered. Its rear bumper had been pried loose. The Corolla was on the side of the road, its right wheels grazing the grassy shoulder. The city truck was a few feet inside the road. There appeared to be no tire tread marks behind either vehicle, suggesting that sudden breaking or swerving had not preceded the collision.
Pasqual, 71, was in the passenger seat of the Faith Driving School’s Corolla, with Bonaventuro Laudano, 80, at the wheel. According to the preliminary sheriff’s office investigation issued later this afternoon, the Corolla was stopped in the edge of Red Mill with its flashers on while Pasqual was verbally instructing Laudano on how to conduct a certain maneuver. At that point, the F-150 crashed into the Corolla. LaLima said his computer had come off its mount and he was reaching over to fix it when the crash occurred.
LaLima was cited for careless driving. He complained of pain in his neck, chest and arm area, and was transported to Florida Hospital Flagler.
Four other Palm Coast city trucks converged on the scene, as did three units of the sheriff’s office, including an unmarked unit. That segment of Red Mill was shut down for until Roger’s Towing removed the vehicles. The Palm Coast Fire Department’s Ladder 25 and a Flagler County Fire Rescue unit also responded to the scene.