At least 10 injured after car crashes into Palm Coast Publix

Last Updated: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT

Officials say at least 10 people are hurt after a car smashes into a Publix grocery store in Palm Coast Saturday.


Updates on This Developing Story

7:20 p.m. - “Stitches from right ear to left ear, three broken bones in his chest, he has broken bone in his right leg. He’s in the operating room to fix his leg first,” described the son-in-law of the victim in critical condition. 

6:35 p.m. - Publix says they will not reopen tonight.

6:00 p.m. - Florida Highway Patrol releases report identifying driver and victims.

Driver, 76-year-old Thelma Wagenhoffer was not injured. All of the victims are listed as Palm Coast residents.

  • Mario Lupo, 83 – serious injuries
  • Letricia Caroppoli, 69 – minor injuries
  • Louis Caroppoli, 74 – minor injuries
  • Maria Hernandez, 81 – serious injuries
  • Daniel Siegel, 58 – minor injuries
  • Tyshawn davis, 3 months old – minor injuries
  • Marshanna Jones, 15 – minor injuries
  • Lashauna Hapton, 33 – minor injuries
  • Suzanne Kuczek, 54 – minor injuries
  • Gertrude Marley, 86 – minor injuries

5:43 p.m. - Palm Coast resident Keith Goldstein describes the scene from inside the store during the crash: “It was a scary situation. Quite frankly, I don't think I would have known what to do in that situation. There was a group of guys led by the meat manager that actually went over and lifted that car up. There were two girls that were pinned between car and a potato chip rack. They got those two girls out of there, they lifted the car up. There were probably 15 or 18 guys. Got the car lifted up, and the gentleman from out and underneath the car. It was just blood everywhere, there were bodies everywhere. There was one little baby, she was actually in a car seat being walked through the store with her mother. The car clipped the car seat, knocked the car seat out of the mother's hands. The car seat flipped a couple of times with the baby. We heard the baby is okay. God bless, thank God. It's just not something you expect to see when you're just going in grocery shopping on a Saturday afternoon.”

Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson says victim ages range from 3 months old to 86 years old.

5:40 p.m. - Family of the victim taken to Halifax in critical condition says he doesn’t remember what happened and is headed to surgery with injuries to his head and ribs.

5:15 p.m. - Flagler County Rescue says 11 people total were injured after a car crashed into a Palm Coast Publix Super Market.  Batallion Captain Ron Bolser said one person was airlifted to Halifax, nine people were taken with non-life threatening injuries to Florida Hospital, and another person was driven separately to an unknown hospital.

Bolser says about 50 people were inside the store at the time and called the reaction of customers and employees "awesome" as they helped the injured.  Bolser described seeing people lifting the car off a man who is now in critical condition.

5:10 p.m. - Palm Coast resident Linda Goldstein describes what she saw inside the store: "My husband said he had to get one more item in the meat dept, ground beef, and I said well I’m going to go check my blood pressure. I never got to check my blood pressure. I heard this real loud, like an explosion, like a bomb noise. I turn my head and here came this car come flying in at a good speed. I looked and this car came in and the door, the driver side, spin out and the driver fell out on the floor, she was pretty banged up. At that point there was glass flying off the car and there was a body trapped underneath the car, a gentleman I believe.”

4:50 p.m. - Publix officials expect the store to be back open tonight. Workers are already on scene to fix the door.

4:45 p.m. - Lorna Dzyak said she was inside the store when the car crashed into it. Dzyak says the car kept going until is hit a counter, that’s when she saw a baby carrier and pulled the child inside to safety.

4:15 p.m. - Officials confirm a 76-year-old woman was driving the vehicle that crashed into a Publix in Palm Coast the left eight people hurt.

Publix spokesperson described how some employees may have helped free a customer from underneath the car, says emergency responders were on scene within moments.

3:55 p.m. - Jean Rose, describes seeing the express checkout lane being damaged by the car.  Rose said nine people were taken out of the store on stretchers and one was air lifted from a nearby parking lot. When Rose arrived, she says many Publix employees were outside the store, hugging each other and upset.


The crash happened at about 1:30 p.m. at the Publix located on 4950 Belle Terre Parkway.

According to Flagler County deputies, the vehicle drove through the entrance of the store, injuring eight people.

Tristan Edwards described see the aftermath of the accident as he pulled up to the Publix and saw traffic being directed away.

Florida Highway Patrol is helping in the crash.

This comes just a couple of weeks after a small plane crashed into a Publix in DeLand on April 2.