NSB cops: Man killed, several others injured after elderly woman backs car into medical building

Photos for Headline Surfer® / Above, Janet Spurgeon is transported to Bert Fish Medical Center with minor injuries after backing her car into the medical building at 600 Palmetto Ave. A patient inside was killed and two others were injured
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Police remain baffled as to why a 78-year-old woman backed her Chevy Malibu 40 feet into a medical building Wednesday afternoon, killing one man and injuring two others.

"It's bizarre," police spokesman Sgt. Eugene Griffith told Headline Surfer®. "We're still trying to determine exactly what happened. Apparently, she hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, but it remains under investigation as to why."

 Cops received several 9-1-1 calls in response to the 2 p.m. accident, including one from a frantic caller who said in part: "You need to get here now, that's all I know!"

 The elderly driver, Janet Spurgeon, was seen briefly in the ER at Bert Fish Medical Center for minor injuries after backing into the Coronado Medical office building owned and operated by Bert Fish Medical Center, cops said. 

Edmond Kestory, 63, wasn't so lucky. He was airlifted to Halifax Medical Center under a trauma alert, but he died a short time later.

One person killed when elderly woman driver backs ino building in New Smyrna Beach / Headline Surfer"It's bizarre," police spokesman Sgt. Eugene Griffith told Headline Surfer®. "We're still trying to determine exactly what happened. Apparently, she hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, but it remains under investigation as to why." 

Cops received several 9-1-1 calls in response to the 2 p.m. accident, including one from a frantic caller who said in part: "You need to get here now, that's all I know!" 

The elderly driver, Janet Spurgeon, was seen briefly in the ER at Bert Fish Medical Center for minor injuries after backing 40 feet into the Coronado Medical office building owned and operated by Bert Fish Medical Center, cops said. Employees are shown re-entering the building after the car was removed.

Edmond Kestory, 63, shown here, wasn't so lucky. He was airlifted to Halifax Medical Center under a trauma alert, but he died a short time later.

George Snyder, 76, also was was taken to Halifax under a trauma alert, but his injuries, though significant, weren't considered life threatening, police said.

And a third person in the lobby, 88-year-old Florence Hopko, was treated and released from nearby Bert Fish Medical Center.

The two-story structure sustained significant damage and was expected to remain closed a few more days.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.