[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 04/14/21]
ORANGE COUNTY, Florida — A second person has died from her injuries in a crash resulting from street racing earlier this month, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
On April 2, a 2013 Dodge Charger being driven by 19-year-old man of Davenport was actively racing a 2015 Kia Optima being driven by a 17-year-old boy of Loughman, in Polk County on U.S 192in Orange County. The Charger was traveling westbound in the inside lane behind a 2018 Toyota Rav 4, being driven by a 35-year-old Leesburg woman and the Optima was traveling westbound in the center lane, according to FHP Lt. Kim Montes.
The Charger failed to slow as it approached the Rav 4 and rear-ended the SUV, near Secret Lake Drive; troopers originally believed the crash occurred in Osceola County, but later determined it was in Orange County. The Charger left the roadway and collided with a speed limit sign and the Rav 4 travelled into the median and struck a median warning sign, Montes said. The Optima was struck by debris.
The occupants of the Rav 4 were all injured and an 11-year-old Leesburg girl died at the hospital the night of the crash; a second passenger, a 23-year-old woman also of Leesburg died early Wednesday morning at Osceola Regional Hospital. The driver of the Rav 4 received serious injuries.
The driver of the Charger and his passenger, a 19-year-old Clermont man received minor injuries. The driver of the Optima was not injured.
“According to multiple witnesses, [the Charger] and [the Optima] actively engaged in a street race prior to the collision,” Montes said in a press release. “The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.”
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