A spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol issued a statement last Wednesday in reference to an incident that took place close to Ocoee in Orange County that resulted in one individual suffering from minor injuries and nearly 4,000 people without power to their homes. The statement does not fully explain the reasons behind the incident, but it is believed that this is because there is still an investigation underway.
It was very early on the morning of March 14th when a 21-year-old Orlando resident was driving his 2002 Hyundai down a road close to Ocoee. As the driver neared the intersection of Good Homes Road and Balboa Drive, something occur to cause the young man to lose control of the car. The report from the Florida Highway Patrol did not indicate if there are any current theories as to what happened to cause the man to lose control, whether there was perhaps something in the road that they swerved to avoid such as a pothole or an animal, or whether they became distracted. It is also not a part of the public record whether or not the Florida Highway Patrol subjected the man to field sobriety test or a breath test to discover their BAC.
We do know that after the driver lost control, the car flipped over and collided with a wall. It is not clear from the initial report if the car also struck a utility pole, but we do know that as a direct result of the crash 4,000 people throughout Orange County found themselves suddenly without any power to their homes. Because this occurred during while most people were asleep, it did not cause as many issues as it otherwise might have. Crews working for Duke Energy—the company responsible for the downed lines—responded quickly to the emergency, and by 6:00 in the morning, only a few hours after the initial incident, the vast majority of people who lost power in the incident were back on the grid.
The young man in the car did not suffer from any severe injuries as a result of the crash, and it is believed that they were able to pull themselves from the overturned car.
James O. Cunningham
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