ORMOND-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. (FOX 35 Orlando) - A sports utility vehicle driven by an 82-year-old man ripped through a wooden barrier separating a parking lot from the beach and hit four children in the sand, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
The children and their parents were getting ready to leave the beach for the day Wednesday afternoon when William Johnson, of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, attempted a U-turn and drifted onto the shoulder of State Road A1A. The SUV careened through the parking lot of Al Weeks Sr. North Shore Park and onto a ramp leading to the beach before dropping 20 feet (6 meters) into the sand near the water's edge.
FOX 35 has obtained video of the crash as it happened and the frantic moments that followed. It was a mad dash as rescuers ran to the scene, all captured on body cameras worn by the first-responders.
"They need the pediatric board. There's four," you can hear one of the paramedics say, followed by encouraging words from the children's mother. "Mommy's gonna be right here...you're doing good."
Surveillance video taken from a location across A1A captured the moment troopers say Johnson lost control of his vehicle.
The children - who are ages 3 to 11 - and Johnson were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. A 5-year-old suffered traumatic injuries and was airlifted to another hospital.
"She received a serious gash on her head," FHP Lt. Kim Montes said.
None of the other injuries appeared to be life-threatening. First responders said Williams may have suffered a medical episode, but Montes said that hasn't been confirmed.
FHP ticketed Johnson for careless driving and instructed him to get tested again for his driver's license.
Some information taken from the Associated Press.