A woman was on her way to work at the Orange County Public Schools when she was hit and killed in a horrific five-car accident. The person who caused the accident was a juvenile delinquent who had been arrest more than a dozen times on a variety of charges.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 17-year-old Jose Antonio Lane was driving a stolen 2012 Lexus. He was heading east in the stolen vehicle on Silver Star Road around 5:30 in the morning on September 12th. Lane ran a red light and collided with a red Mazda SUV, which was driven by 37-year-old Ruben Suarez, at the intersection of Apopka-Vineland Road. The force of the impact caused Suarez’s vehicle to spin and collide with a Chrysler that was driven by Annette Walton. She was headed to work as a bus driver and was just starting her day.
Suarez’s vehicle continued to rotate and collided with a 2009 Nissan Maxima. A second stolen vehicle, a 2013 Dodge Challenger, drove into the scene of the accident and collided with Nissan. After the collision, two men got out of the Challenger and ran from the scene.
Florida Highway Patrol said Walton died at the scene, and Lane was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. Suarez was also taken to a local hospital and treated with serious injuries. The driver of the Nissan, 30-year-old Gregory Prowell of Orlando, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
Law enforcement officials are prosecuting Lane as an adult. He was arrested after stealing a vehicle just two weeks before the deadly accident. During that arrest, law enforcement found a loaded stolen pistol between the driver’s seat and two small bags of marijuana. No charges had been filed in the multi-car accident but investigators were planning to file charges.
Walton was well liked in her community. She was active in her church and was always willing to help people, according to friends. She even took in a friend recently who needed a place to stay when she was down on her luck.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. immediately at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free initial consultation.
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