Update: The sheriff’s office confirmed that the driver of the Pontiac was at fault, violating the right-of-way of the white van.
An elderly couple and a third individual were hospitalized early this morning following a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Rymfire Drive and Belle Terre Parkway in Palm Coast.
J.C. Curry, 75, was at the wheel of a 2001 Chevrolet van, with his wife Cynthia Curry 70, both of Palm Coast. They were driving south on Belle Terre just before 7 a.m. The driver of a 2009 Pontiac, who’s not yet been identified, was heading north on Belle Terre then left to get on Rymfire Drive when the collision between the two vehicles occurred.
The crash appears to have been nearly a head-on collision, with the right side of the Pontiac and the full front of the van taking the brunt of the impact. The van ended up diagonal from the southwest corner of Belle Terre and Rymfire. The Pontiac ended up facing south on the left lane of Belle Terre’s northbound lanes, just south of the intersection. The vehicles air bags deployed.
The driver of the Pontiac was complaining of leg pain at the scene. J.C. Curry had neck and back pain, and later at the hospital was in “severe pain” and undergoing imaging tests, according to his son who was with him. The couple’s son described Cynthia Curry as “shaken up.”
Fire Rescue transported all three patients to AdventHealth Palm Coast, according to Fire Chief Don Petito. Physicians admitted J.C. and Cynthia Curry for overnight observation.
Belle Terre Parkway was reduced to one lane in each direction as the Palm Coast Fire Police regulated traffic. The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, the Palm Coast Fire Department and Flagler County Fire Rescue had responded. Belle Terre was reopened fully to traffic at 7:40 a.m. Roger’s Towing of Bunnell was dispatched to the scene to remove the vehicles. The sheriff’s office is conducting the investigation.
CB from PC says
FCSO may draw a different conclusion, but my money is on the Pontiac being at fault cutting into the path of the van. Thankfully, this was not much worse with deaths.
My parents are recovering from the accident Hope the other driver is as well
Bad Drivers make choices that create the photos of the aftermath above. By the looks of impact lucky no one was killed. Even with better brakes, airbags etc.. the Technology doesnt make up for a dumb, impatient, distracted, reckless humans error.Slow down whats the hurry.
Typical violation Pontiac driver of right of way to the van on Belle Terre. They do it to motorcyclist all the time and to me is criminal as causes death. Like I say too many bad drivers in this county and cities… make for traffic madness!
CB from PC says
I am a motorcyclist. Riders deal with this constantly. Yes, criminal charges and jail time for at-fault drivers causing injury or death.
My guess is the only reason this is not current policy is the courts and prisons are already overloaded.
Amazing. It looks the motors of both vehicles took the brunt of the impact and didn’t crumble so the people weren’t crushed. Scary. I stay off 95 because driving in Florida is deplorable and speeding rampant.
Sad story with a happy ending.
Fewer aggressive drivers would help. Always someone riding my bumper that can’t stand to go the speed limit. Waiting for their chance to go 80 down Belle Terre.