1 dead, 1 critical after car slams into New Smyrna Beach hospital building
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
The New Smyrna Beach Police Department says one man has died and another remains in critical condition after they were both struck by a car that crashed through the lobby of a building on the Bert Fish Medical Center campus in New Smyrna Beach Thursday afternoon.
Officials say 78-year-old Janet Spurgeon of New Smyrna Beach attempted to back up her Chevy Malibu in the parking lot when she accidentally drove right through the front doors of the Coronado Medical Office Building, a facility for wound-care patients.
Edmond Kestory, 63, of Edgewater, was transported to Halifax Medical Center by helicopter, where he later died.
76-year-old George Snyder was transported to Halifax Medical Center under a trauma alert.
88-year-old Florence Hopko was also injured during the incident but was treated at Bert Fish Medical Center and later released.
The driver was also treated and released from Bert Fish Medical Center.
Officials say there was a small explosion, possibly related to hyperbaric chambers that are contained in the building.
"They said a car backed up and went into the oxygen chamber, and it's what the big explosion was," said Rosealee Davis, who was on the second floor at the time of the crash. "'Boom!' That noise, and a little shake," she said. "Not bad, but you can feel it."
Because of significant damage, the building has been closed until further notice.
The crash investigation is ongoing and being conducted by the New Smyrna Beach Police Department.