1 dead after car crashes into medical building

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. — One person was killed and three people were hurt after a vehicle plowed into a medical building near Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach.

You said the vehicle went through the building?" the dispatcher asked.

"Through the lobby, through the building and into the hyperbaric chamber area," said a 911 caller. "We believe there is someone who has been hit."

Edmond Kestory, 63, of Edgewater, was taken to Halifax Medical Center, where he died.

George Snyder, 76, of New Smyrna Beach, was taken to to Halifax Medical Center, as a trauma alert, and Florence Hopko, 88, of New Smyrna Beach, was treated and released from Bert Fish Medical Center.

The driver, Janet Spurgeon, 78, of New Smyrna Beach, was also treated and released.

Police said Spurgeon backed a Chevy Malibu into the Coronado Medical Office Building, which is part of the Bert Fish Medical Center.

First responders said Spurgeon was confused and didn't know how the crash had happened.

It appears that while Spurgeon was backing out, she hit the gas pedal and drove the car backwards 40 feet into the building, officials said.

The two-story building was damaged significantly and will be closed until further notice.


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