Orange County Car Crash Claims the Life of a 46-Year-Old Orlando Man
Authorities with the Florida Highway Patrol have officially opened a formal investigation into a fatal auto accident involving a FedEx delivery truck, an FHP patrol car, and a passenger vehicle that occurred this past Thursday evening along State Road 528 in Orange County.
According to early reports from the responding officers with the Florida Highway Patrol, it was close to 8 p.m. on December 30, 2021, when a 46-year-old man from Orlando was driving his vehicle along State Road 528 near the Dallas Mainline Toll Plaza. At some point during his travels, a yet-to-be-determined circumstance occurred which caused the driver to pull over onto the north shoulder of the road. For reasons that are currently unclear, the Orlando man exited his vehicle and reportedly walked into the direct path of a FedEx delivery truck that had just entered the vicinity. The front of the truck struck the pedestrian head-on and he was declared dead at the scene of the accident by first responders.
After the deadly collision took place, troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol began barricading and blocking the westbound lanes in order to redirect traffic and determine the cause of the fatal crash. While they were doing so, a separate vehicle entered the area from the western direction and struck a patrol car belonging to a member of the Florida Highway Patrol. The 30-year-old trooper was thankfully not in the vehicle at the time of the accident, however, he did sustain non-life-threatening injuries during the incident and was transported to a local hospital.
The 31-year-old driver of the FedEx truck, an Orlando man, and his passenger, a 40-year-old man from Ocala, were unharmed during the collision.
Traffic homicide detectives are currently trying to determine why the first vehicle had stopped along the shoulder of S.R. 528 in the first place and why the driver of the second vehicle seemingly bypassed the safety perimeter that was surrounding the initial crash site set up by the Florida Highway Patrol. It is possible that the driver was distracted by a cell phone or suffered from a medical episode while behind the wheel, but these are simply speculations at this time.
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