The Florida Highway Patrol is in the process of investigating a crash that took place on Thursday night in Orange County that left a 38-year-old woman dead. It seems as though the incident began when Alejandra Gomez Matta, a Lake Wales resident, started driving her 2009 Acura the wrong direction on Colonial Drive. Close to 10:00 in the morning, Matta entered Colonial Drive headed westward, but she was in the eastbound lanes. It is not known for how long Matta drove on Colonial Drive, but when she neared Masood Lane she crashed headlong into a 2003 Ford SUV.
The SUV, driven by a 52-year-old unnamed man from Orlando, was unable to avoid the speeding Acura, and it is entirely possible that the driver did not even see Matta’s car until seconds before the impact. Emergency response teams were quickly dispatched to the scene, but they were not able to do anything to save the badly injured woman. She was declared dead at the scene of the accident. It is believed that she died on impact with the SUV.
Currently under investigation, this accident raises more questions than it seems able to answer. The primary point of confusion is, of course, in attempting to answer just why Matta was driving her car in the wrong lane to begin with. It is possible that she merely entered Colonial Drive by mistaking which ramp she was supposed to take. Situations like this, while rare, do occasionally happen. It is not certain whether or not any drug or alcohol tests have been conducted on the deceased woman, but at this point it is too early to say whether one or both of these substances played a part in this deadly accident.
The driver of the Ford, while he suffered from some minor injuries, was relatively unharmed in this accident. It is well documented that head-on collisions are the most aggressive and deadly of all accidents that take place on the road, and to be able to walk away from one without severe bodily trauma is a rare blessing indeed.
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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