Warm sunny spring weather meant that Daytona Beach Florida was packed with beachgoers last Saturday. Ellie Bland, a four year old girl visiting Florida from England, was enjoying the weather with her family as she walked along the beach in front of Sun Splash Park, holding her uncle’s hand. But the day turned tragic when she was struck by a Lincoln Towncar driven by Barbara Worley, who was visiting Florida from Georgia.
According to witnesses, Worley initially struck Ellie, knocking her down. When onlookers alerted her that she had hit the child, she panicked and stepped on the accelerator instead of the brakes, causing the vehicle to drive over the girl. A Volusia County spokesman said that she was killed instantly.
The Florida Highway Patrol has been very busy interviewing at least seventeen eye-witnesses and is carefully considering whether to bring charges against Worley. Cars are allowed on the beach and Worley was reportedly driving below the posted 10 miles per hour speed limit. A spokeswoman for the Florida Highway Patrol said that even though cars are allowed on the beach, accidents are very rare. She could not remember the last time a pedestrian was hit by a car on Daytona Beach.
Read more details of about the little English girl killed after being struck by a car on a Florida beach at Tributes to Nottingham girl killed on Daytona Beach.