NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. – The area right in front of Ragtime became an accident scene last night around 11:30 as troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol say a Monte Carlo started a chain reaction accident.
A Florida Highway Patrol report said 29-year-old Willie Davis was driving a Monte Carlo down Atlantic Boulevard when he hit a Chevrolet Traverse with two people inside.
The initial accident led to a spinout with Davis’ car hitting a Nissan driven by a 55-year-old woman.
At least two other parked cars were hit. One was Mary Scott Moore’s and the other was her friend’s.
"I was eating dinner with one of my friends at Hawkers in Neptune Beach," Moore said. "We didn’t know originally that we had parked next to each other because both of us drive separate cars. We parked across the street near Ragtime and when we walked out around 11:30. Immediately, we saw this big cloud of smoke."
Moore said it was bad seeing the cars.
"It was one of the worst accidents I’ve ever seen, visually," she said. "It was definitely a little shocking."
As the driver and passenger in the Monte Carlo and the driver of the Nissan are all in serious condition and people in the area are being more careful on the roads.
"That’s a pretty scary situation," said Austin Fadley, who lives in Neptune Beach. "I’ve had a lot of family members and friends who have been in car crashes in this area, and I think they need to be a little more vigilant as far as how they use crosswalks and where they go."
The FHP report said investigators are trying to determine if alcohol was a factor in the crash.
No one was inside the other vehicles that were hit in the parking lot.