A Sunday Flagler County accident in Bunnell killed five people, all of whom have now been identified and their families contacted. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident which took the five lives occurred just before noon on Sunday when Edwin Santana, a 58-year-old Miramar resident, began to turn left onto U.S. 1 from Old Dixie Highway. For unknown reasons, Santana, driving a 2008 Mazda Tribute, either did not see or was not concerned with a Ford F-250 that was driving north on U.S. 1. The Mazda and the Ford collided, the impact sending both cars spinning out of control and directly into a third vehicle, a 2016 Toyota Camry, which was in the southbound lane of U.S. 1, attempting to make a turn.
Although the Florida Highway Patrol and other emergency response teams were dispatched immediately and able to reach the accident without much delay, Santana and all of his passengers were declared dead at the scene. As well as Edwin Santana, the deceased include the 74-year-old Miami resident Maria Rosario Cedeno, the 70-year-old Miramar resident Olga Melanie Nunez, the 53-year-old Pembroke Pines resident Gloria Santana, and the 64-year-old Pembroke Pines resident Sonia Elena Melendez.
The driver of the Ford, a 22-year-old Bunnell resident who has not been named, was injured in the crash, as was her 4-year-old daughter. Neither of their injuries were deemed severe and they were quickly released from the hospital. Also injured in the crash was the driver of the Toyota Camry, a 72-year-old Ormond Beach resident who has not been named. His injuries were also reportedly not severe enough to warrant a lengthy hospital stay.
The investigation regarding this fatal accident is still underway. The authorities will attempt to discover just what led to the accident, and whether or not it was any driver in particular or if the road itself acted as the primary agent. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, this particular stretch of U.S. 1 continually ranks as one of Flagler County’s most dangerous swaths of pavement.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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