Man dies after driver crashes car into New Smyrna Beach medical building



NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - A 63-year-old man died and two other people were injured when a woman crashed her car into a medical office building in New Smyrna Beach Thursday afternoon.

Investigators said 78-year-old Janet Spurgeon backed her car into the Coronado Medical Office Building on Palmetto Street shortly before 2 p.m.

"You need to get here now, that's all I know," a 911 caller said.

Investigators said Spurgeon somehow drove her vehicle directly between two pillars as she plowed 40 feet into the building. Authorities told WFTV there were patients waiting in the lobby when the crash happened.

"We believe that there is someone that's been hit," another 911 caller told a dispatcher.

According to police, 63-year-old Edmond Kestory was hit and later died of his injuries. Kestory's family told Eyewitness News he was at the facility for post-surgery treatment. George Znyder, 76, was also struck and remains in critical condition at Halifax Medical Center.

Both Spurgeon and another woman, 88-year-old Florence Hopko, were treated and released from the hospital.

Many employees and patients were shaken up after the crash, which reportedly caused the building to be evacuated.

"It was just like an explosion, and we all ran out of our offices and ran downstairs, and realized a car had backed through the windows," one of the employees said.

The medical building, which is owned by Bert Fish Medical Center, sustained heavy damage and the facility will be closed until further notice, officials said.

"We really haven't had a chance to get the building inspectors in there yet to see how significant the damage is," Sgt. Eugene Griffith with New Smyrna Beach police said.

Police said they're still investigating but they believe the crash was accidental.