One Dead, One Injured in Orange County Street Racing Crash
Police within Orange County are investigating a fatal car accident which took place on Thursday, October 3rd, along Colonial Drive and Chickasaw Trail. The initial reports from the Florida Highway Patrol posted that the accident happened as a result of a street race.
Reports of the accident first began arriving at emergency call lines close to 2:30 in the morning. These reports stated that an accident had taken place close to Orlando, at the above-mentioned intersection. Drivers in the area told the police that shortly before the accident occurred a 2008 Nissan Altima and a white car – believed by some to be an Infiniti – were racing one another down the road. Both of these vehicles were traveling above the posted limit at the time, passing other cars on the road, and generally maneuvering their vehicles in an extremely reckless manner.
Witnesses stated that the driver of the Altima lost control of their vehicle close to the intersection. As a result, the car departed from the roadway, and before the driver could regain control the car had collided with a fire hydrant and a light pole. After crashing into the pole, witnesses stated that the Nissan exploded. Video taken at the scene shows the burnt out car. Lying some distance away from the Nissan is the car’s engine, having become detached from the car after the violent explosion.
Two people were inside the Nissan at the time of the accident. When emergency response crews reached the scene, both of these individuals were still alive. One of these individuals was rushed to Advent Health East, but his injuries were too severe for treatment and he was declared dead sometime after arriving at the medical facility. The other individual was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he was being treated for serious injuries at the time of the initial reports. The Florida Highway Patrol stated that they were not certain which of the two people was behind the wheel of the Nissan at the time of the crash, but it was clear that neither of them were wearing seatbelts.
At the time of this writing it is believed that the authorities are still searching for the driver of the second car.
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.