Drunk Driver Accidents
A 22-year-old traveling through Orlando is facing charges of DUI manslaughter after an incident that took place on Saturday, May 26th, along Universal Boulevard and Destination Parkway. According to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol, the 22-year-old in question was driving down the road when they approached the above-mentioned intersection. At the time of their approach, the light for their lan was red and the traffic before them had stopped in accordance with the law.
A recent report commissioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from a group of renowned scientists with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has proposed a drastic lowering of the legal threshold for drunk driving. The authors of the report indicate their strong belief that this, as well as several other measures, would dramatically decrease the number of road deaths that happen as a direct result of intoxicated drivers.
A disturbing incident took place this past Thursday that ended in the arrest of an intoxicated 53-year old Ocoee man after he collided with a police vehicle. Officers with the Orlando Police Department issued a statement regarding the situation that indicates that the man, Dolan, has a surprisingly well-documented history of impersonating police officers. This particular circumstance began when an actual police officer with the Orlando Police Department, who was traveling down North John Young Parkway, noticed a black Dodge Charger facing south and pulled over on the north side of the road. The Charger, a commonly used police vehicle, had red and blue flashing lights and the passing officer, believing the driver of the Charger to be another officer, pulled over in order to offer assistance.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), a 28-year-old Orlando woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated after she crashed her vehicle into four other cars near Tampa, Florida. When the police arrived at the accident scene, they not only found the woman acting ‘erratically and disturbed’ outside her car, they also found her two-year-old child wandering around alone on busy Interstate 4. To make matters worse, she kicked an officer while be placed in handcuffs.
A few weeks ago, we reported in an incident that took place along State Road 408, close to Andes Avenue in Orlando. In our initial piece, we recounted how an off-duty police officer with the Orlando Police Department had crashed his pickup truck into a toll booth. The force of the crash caused the truck to light on fire, although it was reported that the damage to the toll plaza itself was minimal and that the entire roadway was able to be opened only a short time later.
Last week, a rookie police officer and an officer engaged in on-the-job training were driving in a police cruiser down Kendall Drive, getting close to the intersection of Kendall and Southwest 152nd Avenue, when their car was violently rear-ended by an SUV that had unexpectedly come up from behind them. It was close to 2:30 on Thursday morning and the officers were engaged in standard training procedures, with the field training officer accompanying the young officer on one of his first patrols.
Last Monday, 27-year-old Kissimmee resident Massengale was driving down Sand Lake Road when he crashed into the side of a school bus at close to 5:00 in the evening. At the time of the collision, no students were aboard the bus, a fact which likely saved numerous individuals, specifically children, from injuries or worse. When officers with the Florida Highway Patrol and the Orange County Fire Rescue arrived at the scene, they found that Massengale appeared to be under the influence of narcotics. Additionally, drugs and drug related items—including a needle still clutched in Massengale’s hand—were found inside of the car.
In Lakeland last week, a 53-year-old woman named Donna Byrne was apprehended by deputies with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office after she was seen on the road looking bewildered as well as weaving around the street in a manner that suggested she was not fit to be on the street. Additionally, witnesses to the incident on Combee Road, close to North Crystal Lake Road, reported feeling as though the horse Byrne was riding was in danger. The deputies arrived shortly after the call was placed, stopped the horse, and had Byrne dismount the animal.
An Orlando man was arrested last Wednesday after crashing his car into his friend in a downtown parking garage. The report from the Orlando Police Department describes the incident in its most complete detail. It seems that at some point early in the morning, just before 4:00, the 25-year-old William Aloupis and two friends took an elevator down to the Lincoln Plaza Parking Garage to retrieve a car. Surveillance videos of the scene depict the three men as being visibly intoxicated. One of the friends, Jonathan Anglada, was unable to stand on his own, and the other two left him slumped against one of the parking garage’s walls as they made their way to the car, which belonged to Anglada.
Construction on the 408 in Orlando has been ongoing for a few weeks, with much of the work being done in the early hours of the morning. Early last Tuesday morning, roadwork was being done on the eastbound lanes close to Lake Underhill Road and Conway Road.