Posted on Oct 28, 2009
A Holly Hill car accident, north of Daytona Beach, ends with the death of a long-time waitress. The incident occurred at approximately 1:30 PM on Saturday afternoon, October 24, 2009 at the intersection of Clyde Morris Boulevard and Strickland Range Road.

Betty Drumm, 79, of Holly Hill died in a car crash when the vehicle she was riding in collided with a sport utility vehicle (SUV). Drumm’s niece, Denease Layton, 61, of Ashford, Ala, was driving the vehicle at the time they collided with the SUV, according to police. Paramedics pronounced them both dead at the scene.

Layton’s daughter, Ann Margaret, 34, was also injured in the accident. She was transported to Halifax Medical Center and is listed in critical condition, according to police.

Layton was traveling east on Strickland Range Road when the SUV, driven by Lewis Hastings, 58, of Ormond Beach, slammed into the passenger’s side of Layton’s vehicle.  Hastings was heading north on Clyde Morris Road at the time. He was not inured in the Holly Hill accident.

According to Drumm’s son, Doyle Andress, Drumm was a waitress her whole life. “She was in the restaurant business for 50 years,” he said.

Daytona Beach police spokesperson Jimmie Flynt said that the accident is still under investigation.  However, police have not been able to determine if Layton stopped at the intersection. According to witnesses, Layton’s vehicle went through the red blinking light when the Florida accident occurred.

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