Hannah Beard, 10, of Palm Coast, was killed, her mother Nichole Michelle Beard, 37, is in critical condition, and her brother, Masen Beard, 11, along with Thomas Rando, 31, are in serious condition following a single-vehicle crash on I-95 just past the southbound merging ramp from Palm Coast Parkway.
Hannah attended Bunnell Elementary, as does her brother.
The crash took place at 6:39 p.m., involving a dark-colored Ford F-150 that lost control, rolled and ended up on its flank, on the driver’s side, facing north in the grassy shoulder next to the center guard rails.
A child’s bicycle rested a few dozen feet north of the vehicle.
Rando told investigators that he was merging onto I-95 when he may have struck an object that was in his lane of travel. The Ford then veered across all three lanes of the highway, struck the center guardrail and overturned, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.
The fatality could not be confirmed until the medical examiner arrived at the scene and paramedics removed the body. Paramedics may not remove bodies at crash scenes before a medical examiner’s arrival, which can often take hours. The medical examiner travels from St. Augustine and is responsible for covering four counties.
Rando, Nichole Beard and Masen Beard were taken by ambulance to Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach.
The Flagler County Sheriff was first on scene but turned over the investigation to the Florida Highway Patrol, several of whose troopers were at the scene. Flagler County Fire Rescue transported the victims to the hospital. The Palm Coast Fire Department also responded, as did the Palm Coast Fire Police, which regulated traffic.
Southbound traffic was reduced to one lane, causing a considerable back-up north of Palm Coast Parkway. Traffic from the parkway onto I-95 south was diverted to Old Kings Road, which itself developed a back-up from the traffic light at Town Center Boulevard north.
“We’re in the process of reaching out to the family to see what they may need from us,” Jason Wheeler, the school district’s chief spokesperson, said Saturday morning. Counselors will be at Bunnell Elementary school on Monday to assist staff or any parents who may want to stop in, even though the district is on a week-long recess for Thanksgiving. “We will definitely have a crisis-intervention team ready on the following Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday,” Wheeler said.
Prayers for all of those involved. Especially for the parents/family of the young child that lost their life.So sad 😞 to hear.
RIP and prayers to all involved
Such a Tragedy. May the Lord be with the family and help them to get through this. We as mere mortals never understand these tragedies, but we have to have faith that God is there and is in control.
I miss her I wish she will come back I wish it wasn’t true but it turns out it is.😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
Thanks everyone for your support and prayers. Happy Thanksgiving
The Original Mama -Dukes says
I feel sorry for the kids but you Ms Nicholle Michelle Steiner Beard hope you reap what you sow
God Bless You little sweet girl🙏 I will miss you and your brother , walking past my house everyday,You both loved my Halloween decorations😘I Know you are flying with the Angels above😢🙏I Pray your brother has a speedy recovery🙏🙏And your family too.and will be praying🙏R.I.P. Hannah❤️🙏
I miss her already 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 Amen Hanna 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
she went to my school she was on the girls wrestling team last year she was really good I also know her broth hope he gets better same with there mom…nobody should die that young nobody at all. I miss her so much
Nichole beard says
She did love your house we will miss all the wonderful people that lived by us thank you for your support
Preach on mama. I’m glad one other person knows what’s really going on. She cares so much? But she’s still with him? If she wasn’t so high, she would’ve been driving, not him. But I guess either way, something could’ve happened.
Here we are, 8 months later and neither of them have been charged?! Why? She needs to be charged with at least neglect!
Nichols beard says
For one I was not high I was a well respected member of the community a manager of a salon and a single mom because my ex tried to kill us in a house fire you people don’t know me or how we lived so respect my daughter and do not trash us you know what media tells you not the truth my kids are and always will be my world so let God judge me and keep your judgments to yourself
James Beard says
I pray y’all doing well. That really hit me because my last name is Beard. My two youngest daughters names Hanna Nichole, and Marlee Michelle