Mother and Daughter Die in Crash with Truck in Orlando
The Florida Highway Patrol is in the process of investigating a collision that took place early on Tuesday night and resulted in the death of two individuals—including an 8-year-old—after the car they were in crashed into the back of a dump truck in Orange County. Details from the crash have made their way from the official statements from FHP spokesperson Sgt. Kim Montes into various news reports, and we now know most of the details surrounding the incident.
Shortly before 4:00 in the morning, a 31-year-old woman was driving a 2009 Honda Civic down the northbound lanes of John Young Parkway, closing in on the crossing of JYP and Sand Lake Road. Road construction was underway in the area, and there were numerous individuals and trucks throughout the Sand Lake Road exit. Parked along the right shoulder, partially in the travel lane of the exit from JYP to Sand Lake Road, was a large dump truck loaded with asphalt. At the time that the Honda Civic neared the area, the cab of the dump truck was unoccupied, but the hazard lights were activated and the truck was parked in an area with numerous signs informing passing motorists to proceed with caution as construction was ongoing in the area.
The driver of the Civic changed lanes to use the exit from JYP, and it was shortly after this that she collided with the rear of the truck while, it seems, still traveling at full speed.
The violent collision attracted the attention of construction workers on the site, and an emergency call was immediately placed. Members of the Orange County Fire Rescue squad were among the first responders, and the Jaws of Life were employed in order to free the driver of the car and her young daughter. Both of them were then taken to nearby hospitals, but the injuries they had sustained in the crash were too severe for recovery and both were declared dead shortly after arriving at the emergency medical facilities.
Troopers are now working to ascertain whether or not the driver of the truck holds any culpability in this case as it is a law that vehicles are not allowed to park in a travel lane unless they happen to be disabled and unable to move.
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