Child among several hurt after car crashes into crowd along Daytona Beach
Child among several hurt after car crashes into crowd along Daytona Beach (Christy Turner, WFTV.com/WFTV)DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Volusia County Beach Safety officials said several people were hurt Sunday after a motorist drove onto the beach and struck a crowd on Daytona Beach. The incident happened around 5 p.m. at the International Speedway Boulevard beach approach off Highway A1A. READ: Jason Momoa involved in head-on crash with motorcycle, California Highway Patrol confirmsThat toll booth was unoccupied at the time. PHOTOS: Several people hurt, including child, after car crashes into ocean at Daytona Beach, lifeguards sayExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 11 Several people hurt, including child, after car crashes into ocean at Daytona Beach, lifeguards say“It looked like a bumper had come off of the car and was in the water.”Four people, including a child, were hurt in the crash, according to Volusia County EMS. Stay with WFTV.com and watch reporter Christy Turner’s live updates from Daytona Beach this morning on Eyewitness News.wftv.com
Body of Florida man caught in rip current off Daytona Beach recovered
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The body of a 27-year-old Ocala man who disappeared when he was caught in a rip current Saturday afternoon off Daytona Beach has been recovered, officials said. Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue said Elijah Rashad Thomas disappeared in the surf near 1024 N. Atlantic Ave. by the Hampton Inn. His body was found Sunday night, about 9 miles north of where he vanished, according to Tammy Malphurs, of Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue. Malphurs said Thomas was swimming with his family in an unguarded area off Daytona Beach when they got caught in a rip current. Then-Hurricane Epsilon, although far from Florida, created high surf and strong rip currents along the Florida coast.
Volusia opens new off-beach parking lot
After a little bit of a wait, Volusia County's newest off-beach parking lot is now open to cars. The lot, located at 650 S. Atlantic Avenue in Ormond Beach, features 124 parking spaces. The county purchased the property in 2015 for $1.8 million as part of a land-buying spree intended to provide more off-beach parking for residents from Ormond-by-the-Sea to New Smyrna Beach. [Read: No date for opening of Volusia newest off-beach lot in Ormond]The lot has been paved and lined since July 11, but couldn't open until some minor site work was completed by the contractor. Overnight parking between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. is not permitted.news-journalonline.com