Volusia County Hit-and-Run Suspect Charged with Vehicular Manslaughter
Depending on the outcome of a plea hearing that is scheduled for 9 a.m. today in Volusia County, the families and friends of two car crash victims might finally feel a sense of justice as the driver who is allegedly responsible for their deaths faces vehicular manslaughter charges.
After nearly four years, Tammer Mansour will have his day in court this week for his alleged connection to a hit-and-run collision that claimed the lives of 54-year-old Richard Giannazzo and 55-year-old Diana Cole who were attending the Ocoee Founders’ Day Festival at the time of the incident. According to reports from the Ocoee Police Department, the two victims were walking along West Silver Lake Road and enjoying the sights & sounds of the local celebration when a Lincoln SUV being driven by Mansour seemingly appeared out of nowhere and crashed into the couple.
Moments after the accident took place, Mansour and his unnamed passenger, fled the scene of the crash in the Lincoln SUV before ditching the vehicle in a nearby parking lot and running away on foot. Parade-goers close to the deadly collision indicated that it was one of the most horrifying events that they’ve ever been witness to. “The noises and whatnot…it was things you couldn’t even imagine. Seeing some of the gruesome images every time you close your eyes, it doesn’t really go away. You know, some things can’t be unseen,” said one man.
Authorities with the Ocoee Police Department performed a quick search of the area and were able to locate Mansour and his passenger not far from their original location. Traffic homicide detectives were able to determine that the hit-and-run suspect’s SUV was traveling at a rate of 78 miles per hour when the collision occurred.
Both victims sustained severe life-threatening injuries during the collision and passed away at the scene.
Further updates surrounding this tragic accident are expected to be released pending the result of this morning’s plea hearing.
For almost forty-five years, Volusia County personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham has been representing the families of victims who have been seriously injured or killed during hit-and-run accidents. To schedule a free 30-minute case evaluation, please contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY to speak with a representative.
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.