Another Tourist Run Over on Florida Beach by Police Vehicle

Categories: WTF Florida
via WSVN
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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  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.


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.


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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