A rear-end collision that occurred in Orlando on Thursday has left two people dead. The accident is reported as having taken place shortly before 2:30 on Thursday morning at the intersection of Buck Road and Dean Road. A witness to the incident stated that she heard the accident from within her home, grabbed her phone, and ran out through the garage to see what happened. She describes seeing a 2013 Hyundai Sonata in her front yard, coiled around large tree.
Inside of the Hyundai were several individuals, most of them unnamed. The driver, however, was a man named Kevin Hart, a 21-year-old Merritt Island resident. According to the Florida Highway Patrol’s spokesperson, Sgt. Rochelle Ogburn, Hart and his passengers had recently left a popular club, the Knight’s Library, when they approached the intersection in question. Either failing to see the other car or finding himself unable to stop in time, Hart crashed his 2013 Hyundai directly into the rear of a 2002 Mitsubishi Mirage. Inside the marriage were a 55-year-old man from Orlando and an unnamed woman passenger. Both were killed in the accident.
When the Florida Highway patrol arrived, they found Hart still behind the wheel of his car, injured and unable to free himself. Two of the other three passengers were able to exit the vehicle. One of them stayed with the car until authorities arrived, the other fled the scene immediately upon fathoming the situation. The fourth passenger was found to be critically injured and trapped in the back of the vehicle, pinned behind the two front seats. The emergency response teams worked to free her and she was rushed to the Orlando Regional Medical Center where she is currently being treated for her injuries. As of the last reports, she is believed to be in stable but critical condition. Kevin Hart was also taken to the hospital, and it is believed that he will recover from his injuries.
Sgt. Rochelle Ogburn continued in the statement to say that the posted speed limit in the area where the crash occurred is 40 mph. According to one of the passengers, Hart was driving at least 10 mph over that when the crash occurred. The Florida Highway Patrol believes, based upon the level of destruction to both the Hyundai and the Mitsubishi, that the probably speed of Hart was closer to 60 or 70mph.
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