Man crashes into school after blacking out from brain injury

When people sustain a brain injury, even if they perceive it to be minor, it’s important to get it checked out. It’s also necessary to avoid getting behind the wheel if their driving skills are temporarily compromised.

A 27-year-old man who had apparently suffered a brain injury earlier in the day was involved in a single-car crash that took place around 11 p.m. one evening last week. The driver was traveling near Orange Avenue in Altamonte Springs when he blacked out. After driving through a fence near the playground, the vehicle crashed into Spring Lake Elementary School. Luckily, this happened during the evening when no students or faculty were in the building.

The driver of the car was treated for serious injuries at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Medical officials say that the driver had sustained a previous head injury earlier the same day, which likely resulted in the black out that led to the accident. Witnesses say the driver asked bystanders to call his mother following the crash.

Police were investigating the accident, but no charges were immediately filed against the driver. It is not believed that alcohol was involved in this accident.

The crash left the fence of the school partially destroyed, as well as a large hole in the side of the school where the vehicle crashed. The brick building is being repaired but the school reopened less than a day after the accident. It makes one shudder to think what could have happened if the man had crashed into the school during the day. Many lives could have been at risk.

If you have been in a car accident and need an experienced Orlando car accident lawyer, call Oldham & Smith, Attorneys at Law today!

Source:, “FHP: Driver blacks out, crashes into Altamonte Springs elementary school,” Jan. 18, 2012


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