A man was killed after he was ejected from a vehicle that was out-of-control on Grand Avenue. When he was ejected from the vehicle, he landed in the road and was hit by another car that could not stop in time to avoid him, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The man’s name was not released because his next-of-kin still needed to be notified at the time of the article.
Twenty-one year old Arthur Bakewell, a DeLand resident, had been driving a 1989 Ford Mustang heading northbound on Grand Avenue north of Glenwood Road at approximately 2:15 AM on Saturday, August 15, 2009. He was speeding when he entered a curve and lost control of his vehicle. The Florida Highway Patrol report states that he hit a mailbox, two trees and a sign.
Bakewell’s passenger was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the Daytona Beach car accident and was ejected after the right-side door was torn off. He landed in the road and was hit by a 2002 Mitsubishi driven by Michael S. Reed, a DeLeon Springs resident.
Bakewell was rushed to Halifax Health Medical Center for treatment for his serious injuries. According to a nurse supervisor, he was in stable condition.
The Florida Highway Patrol said that it is investigating whether alcohol played a factor in the fatal crash.