3 Hurt, 1 Critical in Two-Vehicle Collision on Belle Terre Near Wadsworth Elementary
FlaglerLive | September 22, 2016
A day that started with the gruesome death of a helpless, paraplegic Flagler Beach woman immobilized in her van as it burned on John Anderson Highway ended with a two-vehicle T-bone crash on Belle Terre Parkway that sent three Palm Coast residents to the hospital, one of them in critical condition.
The wreck on Belle Terre took place just before 9 p.m. at the intersection with Parkview Drive, shutting down Belle Terre’s northbound lanes at Pritchard Drive.
It involved a black Ford pick-up truck owned by Del Castillo Home and Lawn Service, the Palm Coast-based lawn and pest-control company, and a white BMW 335i. Two men were in the pick-up truck, one in the BMW.
Luis Javier Del Castillo II, 44, was at the wheel of the pick-up truck, with Leonard Mendez, 31, as his passenger. Victor Eugene Taylor, 57, was driving the BMW.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol investigator at the scene, the BMW was traveling north on Belle Terre. The truck was traveling south, and turned to make a left onto Parview Drive, apparently violating the BMW’s right of way.
The BWM smashed into the truck, which ended up on its passenger-side flank near a utility pole at the northeast corner of Belle Terre and Parkview. The BMW swerved into the grassy shoulder of Parkview, making a wide arc around a small copse of palm trees–which, fortunately for the driver, it almost entirely missed–before ending up facing south, perpendicular to Parkview, about 20 yards east of Belle Terre. Taylor, the driver of the BMW, was transported by ground to Florida Hospital Flagler, where patients with generally less serious injuries are taken.
One of the two men in the pick-up truck had to be flown out as a trauma patient to Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach, after an emergency helicopter landed on Belle Terre. The other man was transported by ambulance to Halifax. In all, Flagler County Fire Rescue sent three rescue units to the scene. The Palm Coast Fire Department and the sheriff’s office also responded, with the Palm Coast Fire Police regulating traffic.
A significant amount of equipment and miscellaneous items were scattered out of the bed of the pick-up truck, which had the reference to a Bible verse imprinted in big white letters on its frame (Matthew 19:26, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”) Del Castillo Home and Lawn Service is owned by Javier del Castillo, who this morning posted on his Facebook page, in a supportive note to a local political candidate: “You only live once, but if you do it right…once is enough.”
Some 20 hours earlier, Lory Yazurlo, 53, well known to west Flagler for many years, died in her van in a still-unexplained fire as she was driving home with a friend. She was 700 yards from her mother’s house.