Florida State Troopers and the Florida Highway Patrol responded to a crash early on Tuesday morning that occurred along Alafaya Trail, just before the Waterford Lakes shopping center. A statement issued by the Florida Highway Patrol indicates that the crash, which is believed to have happened near to 2:20am, involved a 2014 four-door Kia sedan traveling northwards on Alafaya Trail and a 1999 four-door Mazda which, at the time of the incident, was idling at a red light.
The Kia was driven by the 20-year-old Alexander Chiaravalle, a resident of Jupiter. As he approached the light, Chiaravalle did not stop or avoid the rear of the stopped Mazda, which was being driven by the 38-year-old Vanessa Wardia. Chiaravalle collided with Wardia’s car, pushing it off of the road and causing it to begin sinking in a pond off the shoulder. Due to the pressure of the water and the damage sustained to the car, Wardia was unable to free herself from the vehicle in the first moments after the accident occurred. Eventually, fire rescue teams were able to remove her from the car.
Ward was rushed to a Orlando Regional Medical Center with injuries that are believed to be serious, although the full extent of the damage is not known at this time. Chiaravalle was asked to take a breathalyzer test at the scene, but he continually refused. Regardless, he was arrested by the attending law enforcement officers and booked on DUI and careless driving charges.
Both drivers are reported as having been wearing seat belts, a circumstance which likely saved one or both lives, even though it did not fully prevent Wardia from sustaining injuries.
Currently, it is not known whether or not Chiaravalle was released on bail or if he is still being held in by the Florida Highway Patrol. Additionally, it is not known whether or not any additional charges have been added to the initial list. As more information becomes available, the Florida Highway Patrol will release it, ensuring that the most possible light is shone on these circumstances.
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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