Another Tourist Run Over on Florida Beach by Police Vehicle

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Just imagine the possible tourism campaign: "Visit Florida's Beaches: The nicest places to get run over in the world."

Yes, for the second time in a month, another tourist visiting the state has been run over by a public vehicle. This incident occurred in Daytona and involves a part-time lifeguard in a pickup truck running over a woman.

Thirty-three-year-old Erin Michelle Joynt was visiting Daytona Beach from the beach-less lands of Wichita, Kansas. The tourist was catching some rays on the sand yesterday at about 10 a.m. when she was run over by the pickup truck.

Twenty-one-year-old Thomas Moderie, a part-time lifeguard, was driving the Beach Patrol vehicle while responding to a call about broken glass on the beach. He apparently didn't see Joynt, and ran right over her.

She's now in a Central Florida hospital recovering in stable condition. As per policy, Moderie will be drug-tested.

The incident seems to be a lot less dramatic than a similar incident in Miami Beach in which a drunken police officer met a woman at a bar, decided to take her on an ATV joyride, and then hit a couple lying on the beach at 5 in the morning.

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Buffytoledo
Buffytoledo

  Since a lot of major streets have a bike lane, beaches should have a vehicle area to keep this from happening again at any time.  Being able to drive close to the water is only creating incidents like this sometimes with grave results.

Anon
Anon

a. i don't understand why americans need such big vehicles on the beach.  you would never see such a thing in europe or the caribbean.

b. i'm imagining this person was laying on the hardpacked sand.  which is really stupid, i have to say.

c. if this was a civilian his photograph would be put on the website.  why do police get special treatment?  innocent until proven guilty?  unless its hip hop weekend, then the guns are a-blaring and the police are stealing cell phones.  it's a two way street of crime and corruption.

anon1
anon1

Nice try, Daytona, but even when running over tourists, no area can possibly out-douche South Florida.  We are, and always will be, the pinnacle of douchebaggery.

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