A 66-year old Holly Hill man was hit and killed last Saturday night as he attempted to cross U.S. Highway 1 near Destination Daytona in Ormond Beach. The Holly Hill man had attended a concert at Destination Daytona and was crossing U.S. 1 after the show. Another concertgoer — a 39- year old man from Longwood — was also leaving the venue when he hit the accident victim with his GMC truck.
Destination Daytona is an entertainment complex in Volusia County whose anchor tenant is a Harley Davidson dealership. There are several restaurants, bars, and other motorcycle-related businesses. There is also a concert venue in the complex.
It is not known whether the accident victim was crossing in a crosswalk, or what road conditions or lighting conditions were. At the time that the Orlando Sentinel reported on this accident, charges by the Florida Highway Patrol were pending.
It is always important to be vigilant and to drive with car when leaving a sizeable event where pedestrians will be found. This is particularly true of events where alcohol might be served, as both drivers and pedestrians may be impaired and may not be utilizing best judgment. Many facilities will hire extra people to control or direct traffic under such circumstances.
We feel for the family of the Holly Hill man and hope that Destination Daytona avoids more tragedies like this one.