Woman Run Over on Daytona Beach by Patrol Vehicle on The Today Show
A woman who was run over by a beach patrol truck while lying on Daytona Beach last July 31 not only lived but told about it on The Today Show, Thursday, September 22. The woman was run over by a 21-year-old part-time lifeguard for the Volusia County Beach Patrol driving a Ford F-150 pickup who actually turned the vehicle around on her head. A Good Samaritan came to her rescue and told her to lay still and not to move. The woman, appearing in the New York studio, told Matt Lauer she didn’t remember any pain and in fact doesn’t remember anything that happened.
Her eight-year-old daughter, who appeared mature beyond her years, had the presence of mind to turn her little brother away from the scene as they emerged from the water last July.
The woman’s left face was clearly paralyzed and she had some trouble enunciating words. She suffered skull fractures and internal injuries and today she says she can’t bend over and still has to sleep in an incline position because she cannot lay flat.
The family, who lives in Wichita, appeared on the morning news program along with their attorney to say someone should be responsible for what happened. The attorney pointed out if any person had harmed another like this, he or she would surely be charged civilly. The young lifeguard has been charged with careless driving by the Florida Highway Patrol.
The attorney’s point was that the county should be held just as accountable just as an individual would. A letter of intent has been filed by the lawyer to alert Volusia County that he intends to file an action for negligence, battery, and gross negligence. The family will seek compensation for medical bills, physical injuries, psychological trauma, and present and future pain and suffering.
The woman says she wants to be able to show her daughter that the law is good and it works.