Rear-End Collision with Semi in Orange County Leaves 60-Year-Old Dead
An investigation into a fatal rear-end collision within Orange County is underway as members of the Florida Highway Patrol attempt to uncover just what happened to cause the incident to take place. What we know so far comes from reports issued by members of the Florida Highway Patrol. Troopers were on the scene shortly after the incident in question, and their eyewitness accounts and information regarding the subsequent investigation are some of the most important pieces in the puzzle.
It was shortly before 5:00 in the morning on Friday, September 25th, when a 60-year-old man from Auburndale was driving down Landstreet Road. It is believed that the 60-year-old man was alone in the car at the time. Also being driven down Auburndale Road at this same time was a semi-truck. No other details about the truck or its driver were supplied within the initial report.
The 60-year-old in the car and the semi-truck were both driving down the eastern lanes of Landstreet, closing in on Orange Avenue. It is not clear if it was as the truck reached Orange Avenue or as it was nearing some other side street that the driver decided to turn left. It is important whether or not the truck signaled to make this turn, but this information was not immediately available. Unfortunately, due to the lack of witnesses to the incident, it is not clear if this information will ever be known.
When the truck slowed, the 60-year-old following behind did not adjust his actions accordingly. It is not clear if this is because the driver of the car did not see the brake lights or if something – such as a medical emergency – caused them to become incapacitated. It is also possible that the driver simply stopped paying attention to the road at this particular moment due to a distraction from a cell phone. As a result, when the truck slowed to turn, the car continued traveling forward at the same rate of speed. Before the driver could become aware and slow down, they struck the rear of the semi-truck with considerable force.
The driver of the car was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. They were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck was not injured in the crash.
While authorities investigated the incident, the eastern lanes of Landstar Road were closed in the area.
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.