Fatal Orlando Collision Sends Car into Retention Pond
A crash that occurred this past Sunday close to 6130 East Colonial Drive in Orlando resulted in the death of at least one individual and the serious injury of another. Members of the Orange County Fire Rescue and the Florida Highway Patrol have issued a statement regarding the situation that provides the most current details on the case. According to this statement, a GMC pickup truck and a Honda Civic were both involved in the accident, which happened close to an Orlando Home Depot.
It appears that the GMC was traveling behind the Honda as the two cars headed eastbound on Colonial Drive. For reasons that are not known, the driver of the GMC allowed his car to approach the Civic and ultimately strike the smaller vehicle. The front left side of the pickup truck collided with the back of the Honda, causing it to spin wildly out of control in a clockwise direction. The driver of the civic was unable to regain control of the vehicle as it spun, and ultimately the car began traveling backwards as it shot off of the road and into a nearby retention pond.
Several witnesses to the scene said that the car bobbed around on the surface of the pond for a few moments before becoming completely submerged under water. People who saw the crash occur jumped into action, swimming out to the car and attempting to dive and remove the driver and passenger from the Honda.
Ultimately, it was members of the Orange County Fire Rescue who were able to remove the two individuals from the submerged vehicle. Immediately afterwards, the two passengers, one male and one female, were rushed to a nearby hospital. Sgt. Kim Montes, spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol, indicated that the man in the vehicle was the 70-year-old Orlando resident Jesus Aucaquizhpi. He was declared to be dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.
The woman in the vehicle was not named in any of the reports, however it is believed that she was admitted to the hospital as being in critical condition. Her current condition is not known.
The driver of the GMC is currently waiting to be charged in the case.
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.