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August 16, 2017

While responding to an emergency call, a deputy with the Orange County Police Department was involved in a car accident that left her in critical condition and two other individuals with minor injuries.  Sgt. Kim Montes, spokesperson for the Florida Highway Department issued a statement around the crash that took place this past Saturday. According to Sgt. Montes, Deputy Bertha Osoria, 23-year-old, was on duty when she received instructions to respond to a nearby incident.  Taking the most direct route towards the location indicated in the call, Osoria found herself driving in the northbound lanes of John Young Parkway close to 8:00 in the evening.

For reasons that are currently not clear, it was while driving along John Young Parkway that Officer Osoria lost control of her police cruiser.  This took place close to where John Young Parkway intersects with Americana Boulevard. Departing the northbound lanes, the deputy drove through the grass median separating the northern and southern portions of the highway and wound up going the wrong direction in the southbound lanes of John Young Parkway.

While traveling in the wrong direction, Osoria collided with a car traveling in the southbound lanes.  After impacting this first car, Osoria then went on to collide with yet another car.  By the time the police cruiser stopped, all three vehicles had suffered from extensive damage and all three individuals in the cars were injured as well.  Emergency crews arrived shortly afterward and began to pull the injured individuals from the wreckage of the cars.  During this process it was discovered that Officer Osoria suffered from severe injuries while the two inhabitants of the other vehicles both suffered from minor injuries.

During the initial investigation into the crash the highway was closed for a period of several hours.  During her statement, Sgt. Montes gave no indication as to what may have caused Officer Osoria to lose control of her vehicle, nor did Sgt. Montes state whether or not any charges were pending in the case.  It is likely that as the investigation continues additional developments will emerge and cast new light on the situation.

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