Daytona Beach: Florida man in apparent medical distress crashes car into beach crowd before hitting water


A driver who apparently suffered a medical emergency crashed into beachgoers in Daytona Beach on Sunday afternoon, a beach safety official told CNN.

“Shortly before 5 p.m., a driver drove down the beach ramp at International Speedway Boulevard and crashed into the water,” said Tamra Malphurs, deputy chief of Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue. “He hit a toll booth and went into the water,” she added.

The driver appears to have suffered from a medical condition, Malphurs said without giving further details.

At least five people were taken to local hospitals as a precaution, including the four occupants of the vehicle and a young boy who was in the water at the time, Malphurs added. The boy was in stable condition Sunday afternoon, Malphurs told CNN.

Video obtained by CNN affiliate WKMG shows a sedan partially in the water off Daytona Beach with visible damage to the front bumper and rear doors.

People who saw the car go through the toll and onto the sand said a group of at least 15 people pulled away before the car hit the water.

A witness whose son was in the water said she left trying to find him when she saw where the vehicle was heading. Another witness said people on the beach rushed to help and adults with children were in the car.

Authorities have not released information about the driver and say the incident is being investigated.

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