Four People Injured During Early Morning Hit-and-Run in Ocoee
A 24-year-old man from Apopka has been arrested and faces multiple charges for his alleged connection to a hit-and-run collision that severely injured several people early Wednesday morning along Ocoee Apopka Road in Orange County.
Initial auto accident reports from the Florida Highway Patrol state that it was almost 7:00 a.m. on July 5, 2023, when 24-year-old Apopka resident Eugenio Cuevas was driving a Honda CR-V in the northbound direction of Ocoee Apopka Road near Demastus Lane, with one person as his passenger. Also in this vicinity was a Ford F-150 pickup parked on the other side of Ocoee Apopka Road facing south, with two individuals standing just outside the truck.
For reasons that are currently under investigation, the driver of the Honda lost control of his vehicle, veered across the lanes of traffic, then suddenly crashed into both pedestrians and the Ford. The impact from this first collision caused the Honda to spin out before it finally came to a rest when it slammed into a pole next to the roadway. Eugenio Cuevas and his passenger both fled the scene of the accident on foot.
First responders with the Ocoee Fire Department arrived at the scene of the two-vehicle crash within a matter of minutes and immediately transported the two pedestrian victims to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition.
Meanwhile, local authorities were notified of two other injured individuals down the road near the Crown Point Woods subdivision. They were taken to Health Central Hospital in Ocoee with minor injuries and were later identified as the driver and passenger of the Honda CR-V.
After receiving medical treatment for his injuries, 24-year-old Eugenio Cuevas was taken into custody and booked into the Orange County Jail where he was charged with leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injuries and driving with a suspended or revoked license.
This case is currently under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. If you have any relevant information regarding this auto accident, please reach out to your local police department, the state’s toll-free Crimeline at (800) 423-8477, or the Florida Highway Patrol by dialing *347 from your phone.
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.