A 63-year-old Orlando man was pronounced dead at Orlando Regional Medical Center this past Wednesday evening after sustaining severe injuries in a car accident on Waterbridge Drive. According to the report from the Florida Highway Patrol, the man, Dario Pineda Romera, received the injuries while standing outside of his vehicle at the intersection of Waterbridge Drive and Orange Blossom Trail.
Shortly before the accident occurred, Romera was driving a 1996 Nissan Altima eastbound on Waterbridge Drive. For reasons that are not currently clear, the car suffered a mechanical malfunction that rendered it unable to drive. Romera exited the disabled car and began to push it along the eastern lanes of the road, hoping to make it to a service station where his car could be fixed. It was as he entered the location where Orange Blossom Trail intersects with Waterbridge Drive that the accident took place that cost Romera his life.
Louisnel Alexis, a 36-year-old, was headed north on Orange Blossom Trail in a 1998 Nissan SUV. As Romera was navigating his Altima, Alexis drove through the intersection and collided with the Altima’s right side with the front of her car. The impact caused the Altima to lurch sideways, where it slammed into Romera and trapped him underneath the tires.
The official statement from the Florida Highway Patrol indicated that Romera was pushing his car without the lights on, a fact which the officers investigating the case believe led to Alexis being unable to properly see the vehicle or Romera as they rolled through the intersection.
Emergency response teams arrived quickly after the accident and discovered Romera underneath his car, badly injured but still alive. They carefully extricated the man from beneath his vehicle and rushed him to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he was declared dead as the result of the injuries he sustained in the crash. The initial report failed to mention whether or not Alexis suffered from any injuries as a result of the incident, however any damage that she may have sustained was not life-threatening and it is not believed that she is currently interned at a hospital.
Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol are currently investigating the situation and no charges have yet been filed.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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