Last Updated: 2:25 p.m.
After going nearly four months without a fatality, Flagler County roads have been the scenes of two deaths in just over 24 hours.
Pedro Emilio Marin, 79, was killed on U.S. 1 at 9:30 this morning when his car veered off the road and slammed into a concrete, high-power-line utility pole on the west side of the road. Marin had been driving south in a gray Ford sedan and had just gotten past Whiteview Parkway, about a quarter mile to the north, when he appears to have lost control of the car.
The vehicle wrapped itself around the base of the utility pole from the violence of the impact, with the driver’s side taking the brunt of the impact. A Florida Highway Patrol release about the crash lends no explanation on the reason for the crash.
The Ford is registered to a person with a disability, according to its license plate. The car’s owner displayed a set of Florida Sheriff’s Association insignias against its back windshield.
Palm Coast Fire Department and Flagler County Fire Rescue personnel was dispatched to the scene, but most returned to their stations once the victim, who appears to have been killed instantly, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office was at the scene but would soon be turning over the investigation to the Florida Highway Patrol. The Palm Coast Fire Police reduced southbound traffic to one lane, the crash being entirely off the road and in the right of way.
On Monday morning, a man was killed on I-95 at the north end of the county when he drove his semi truck into the back of another semi, which had been stationary on the highway because of other wrecks further south. Neither fatal crashes in the past two days were caused by weather: though it’s been a wet morning, it was not raining on U.S. 1 at the time of this morning’s crash, and the road was relatively dry. Today’s crash was similar to a May 2017 crash off Old Kings Road, where a 30-year-old driver lost control of his sedan and crashed against a concrete utility pole several feet off Old Kings Road.
Prayers for the victims family! It is so sad to lose someone suddenly like this! May we all be cautious today as the weather gets worse and hug those we love a little closer! May God comfort the family and friends who have just lost someone special to them!
Brandon Cross says
Thank you Starfrye for submitting such a kind and thoughtful post.
I would like to think …We on this site… No matter our differences, can come together on such sad occurrences.
I know it would cut into FPL’s profits, but if these utilities were installed underground instead of on poles close to the road’s edge, we’d probably save a lot of lives. Prayers for the victim and family.
Michael Diedel says
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, I have known Pedro for years and he always extended his hand out to shake and greeted you with a smile.
Bill harvey says
Hey Ramone , maybe we should remove all the trees also , just a thought.
I knew this man he was a great man. Hope his wife is doing welll after finding out her husband passed they also had a son who was disabled hope they are doing ok. May God watch after them. Hope he had more family here to help his wife and son cope with the loss.
Lenny Solano says
My most deeply Condolences to the Marín Family , my prayers are with you in this tragic moment, to Maria Eugenia, Aleida, Pedrito, Desiree and Juan Carlos. DIOS LOS FORTALESCA.
@ramone, placing electrical utilities underground would have no effect on FPL’s profits, it would however, have an effect on your electrical bill.
Leonardo E. Solano says
My most sincere Condolences to the Marin family.
Patrikcia Ramirez Marin says
Triste noticia y gran dolor y vacio para toda la familia, nos unimos a su dolor desde Las Palmas de Gran Canarias. España. Animo a nuestra tia y primos.
Sad news and great pain and emptiness for the whole family, we join his pain from Las Palmas of Great Canaries. Spain. I encourage our aunt and cousins.
Aleida Marin~ Daughter says
It saddens me and tears my heart every time I look at my dads car crash. My father IS and WAS a good dad, husband, friend and would give his shirt off his back for anyone. I surprised him for his 80th birthday with my kids on May 19th… I’m glad I did because it was the last time i spent quality time with him. My mom and brother are taking it one day at a time, just like all us. We’re still grieving 😔
🌺 Ms. Aleida Marin 🌺 Pedro E. Marin Sr. Age 80🙏🏻❤️ I Love you Papi❤️
Thank you to all those that left comments… We appreciate it very much 🙏🏻