ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35)
The Florida Highway Patrol says a woman was killed and a 17-year-old boy was taken to the hospital in critical condition following a five-car crash in Pine Hills early Thursday morning. Officials say the crash happened just before 5:30 a.m.on Apopka Vineland and Silver Star Road.
"Due to the significant nature of the crash, the debris that was scattered everywhere and just the investigation on trying to sort out what we needed to sort out, the road was closed for several hours," said FHP spokesperson Sgt. Kim Montes.
As far as troopers can tell, the teenage driver, identified as Jose Antonio Lane, was behind the wheel of a Lexus, which was stolen, when he blew through a red light and crashed into Ruben Suarez's red Mazda SUV, sending him skidding into a blue Chrysler. The driver of the Chrysler, 58-year-old Annette Walton, was killed on impact. Walton was an Orange County school bus driver who was on her way to work in Apopka.
"This is a situation where we have people driving recklessly, probably because they are in stolen vehicles, and this why these crimes are such a problem, because not only is it a stolen vehicle, but it bleeds over into traffic and caused a fatality this morning," Montes added.
Another car, a black Maxima, was also struck in the chaos. The driver of that car, 30-year-old Gregory Prowell, was not seriously injured. Following the first series of crashes, troopers said a Dodge Challenger clipped the back of the Maxima, but the driver of that vehicle kept going. The driver of the Challenger parked nearby, with the driver and a passenger taking off on foot. The Challenger was reported stolen as well.
FHP is asking for any witnesses of this multi-car crash to contact them with any details.