Woman killed when car goes airborne for 75 feet, crashes into Halifax River

Daytona Beach police investigate fatal crash at construction site

A woman died when she crashed her car into a river on Tuesday.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A woman was killed Tuesday when her car went airborne and crashed into the Halifax River in Daytona Beach, according to police.

Officials said Shanna Ferring died in the crash, which happened around 9:50 a.m. on the east side of what will be the Orange Avenue Bridge near Silver Beach Avenue and Peninsula Drive. 

According to Daytona Beach police, Ferring appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed in a four-door Kia, which was driven through a construction zone, went airborne for 75 feet, struck a concrete pylone and submerged in the water.

Firefighters pulled Ferring from the car and she was pronounced dead. Authorities said it's believed she died upon impact, but an autopsy will determine her official cause of death.

"Part of the concrete you see on the bridge, that's what the car hit," Daytona Beach police spokesman Messod Bendayan said. "And it basically, on impact, sheered the top of the vehicle off and landed straight into the water. By the time police and fire got into the water to pull the woman out, she was already, unfortunately, dead."

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

A witness who saw the aftermath of the crash initially thought it was just construction.

"I don't think it was an accident. Whatever happened here is tragic," Chris van Cima said.

No other details have been released.

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