Two Dead, More Injured in Rear-End Collision in Orlando
A crash that took place along a stretch of Orange Blossom Trail inside of Orlando resulted in the death of two individuals and the injury of several others. Two vehicles were involved in the rear-end collision, which is believed to have occurred very early in the morning on Friday, October 4th. Reports from the Florida Highway Patrol provide us with the most current information we have regarding the incident, although it is believed that the crash remains under investigation.
It was sometime around 3:00 in the morning when a 2007 Mercedes SUV was traveling down a portion of OBT that lies between Central Florida Parkway and Taft Vineland Road. Reports from the spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol suggested that the person behind the wheel of the Mercedes was traveling at an excessive rate of speed, although the reports did not indicate exactly how much over the limit authorities believe the individual to have been traveling.
As the car made its way down the road, it approached a 2013 Toyota Camry, a vehicle that was progressing at a much slower rate of speed than the Mercedes. In fact, the driver of the Camry was attempting to make a U-turn at the time, suggesting that when the Mercedes struck it the Camry was not moving forward at all.
The driver of the Mercedes, a 33-year-old Kissimmee resident, did not swerve to avoid the Camry, resulting in a powerful crash between the two vehicles. The Mercedes overturned one time before landing again on its wheels while the Camry was forced off of the road and into a pole standing close to OBT. Security footage from a nearby surveillance camera captured the collision as well as the driver of the Mercedes opening the door to their vehicle after the crash and attempting to flee the area on foot.
Behind them, the driver left a scene of chaos. When the paramedics and EMTs reached the scene, they found that the 28-year-old driver of the Camry was dead. Another individual, a 36-year-old Kissimmee resident, was also killed in the crash, although it is not entirely clear if they were in the Mercedes or the Camry. Reports seem muddled on this point, but it also appears that a passenger within the Mercedes and a passenger in the Camry were both rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment of severe injuries.
The driver of the Mercedes was caught by authorities shortly after the incident occurred. They are now facing numerous charges including hit-and-run, manslaughter, and driving while under the influence of alcohol.
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.