Joseph Campo, a 31-year-old resident of Orange County, died on Tuesday after being involved in a head-on collision along John Young Parkway. Campo, an employee of the Orange County Animal Services, was on his way to work, driving a 1989 Ford Mustang, when the incident occurred. Details from the Florida Highway Patrol indicate that the crash happened around 2:30 in the afternoon and involved, as well as Campo, a 20-year-old named Lilliana Rojas.
Rojas, behind the wheel of a 2007 Toyota Scion and with her infant in the back seat, was in the southbound lane of John Young Parkway, nearing the intersection of the Parkway and Lazlo Lane, when, for reasons that are not currently clear, she lost control of her vehicle. The Scion exited the paved road and drove across a grass median that separated the northbound and southbound lanes. Still unable to regain control of the car, Rojas then entered northbound lanes still driving south. It was at this time that her car collided with Campo’s Mustang.
Emergency response teams arrived at the scene shortly afterward, called in by an unnamed individual. When they reached the crash, they pulled all three people from the badly mangled cars, but there was nothing that the authorities could do for the critically injured Campo. He was declared dead at the scene.
Paramedics transported Rojas and her child to a nearby hospital. The injuries they suffered were minor and not life threatening. It is not known whether or not they remained in the hospital overnight or if they were released later that same day. In her statement to the authorities, Rojas said that just before the crash she turned around in her car in order to check on her small child who was sitting in the back of her car. When she turned back to the road, she was in the wrong lane and headed directly for the Mustang.
Currently, the investigating officers in the case have ruled out the possibility of alcohol as a contributing factor to the crash. The report did not state if the police were considering looking into any other substances as possible agents or if they had ruled them out altogether. The statement also made clear that both of the drivers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collision.
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