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.
Inside the car, a white 2017 Honda Civic, Aloupis took the wheel. He backed the vehicle up, heading directly toward Anglada. From the footage, it seems as though at some point Aloupis became aware that he was drawing near to hitting his friend, stopped reversing the car, and pulled forward. After moving a few feet away from Anglada, Aloupis put the car back in reverse. This is when he collided with the seated Anglada, pinning him against the wall and severely injuring the man.
Aloupis pulled the car forward enough to free the trapped man and then both Aloupis and the other, unnamed, friend exited the vehicle and carried Anglada into the Civic’s back seat. They then rushed out of the garage and were able to locate and wave down a truck with the Orlando Fire Department that was sitting close to the parking garage’s exit at the time of the incident. Anglada was then rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center, but the extent of the injuries he suffered when the car crushed him against the concrete wall proved too much for his body to overcome even with the emergency medical aid. Anglada was declared dead at 4:16 in the morning, around half-an-hour after the accident took place.
In an attempt to divert the responsibility from his shoulders, Aloupis told the firefighters that he and the unnamed friend had discovered Anglada in the parking garage with the injuries already sustained. He is currently facing charges of manslaughter.
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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