On behalf of Oldham & Smith posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, November 29, 2011
When police try to pull a vehicle over, the only option is for that driver to stop. Anyone who attempts to leave the scene is not only defying the law, but putting themselves, their passengers and police officers in danger.
A car accident in Orange County recently left one man dead and another injured. And, according to police, it all started with a chase when officers attempted to pull a vehicle over.
According to My Fox Orlando, a trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol noticed a vehicle pulling into the wrong lane of traffic on Orange Blossom Trail. When the officer attempted to pull the car over after activating his lights and sirens, the car took off. A six-minute chase ensued.
The vehicle ultimately crashed into a tree on 29th Street, near Rio Grande and close to the Holden Avenue Fire Station. A picture posted to Central Florida News’ website shows the vehicle resting on the crumpled car’s roof, next to a large tree. Sources say firefighters attempted to save the 28-year-old driver, but he was already dead when they arrived.
The 55-year-old passenger suffered minor injuries and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Police believe the man who died had a revoked license. The passenger was apparently arrested at the hospital because of active warrants. According to police, they are still not sure which man was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.
It is not believed the chase reached high speeds.