Teen driver drags Altamonte Springs man under SUV in fatal crash

A 57-year-old Altamonte Springs man was killed on Tuesday night after he was struck by an SUV and dragged underneath the vehicle at an apartment complex in Seminole County.

The fatal crash occurred at around 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, near the intersection of Jordan Stuart Circle and Hunter Lake Way.

According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, a 17-year-old boy from Maitland was traveling southbound on Jordan Stuart Circle, north of Hunter Lake Way, in a 2018 Dodge Journey. At the same time, the 57-year-old man was collecting bagged garbage for the apartment complex.  

FHP stated that the teen driver failed to see the man, and the front of the SUV proceeded to strike him before crashing into an unoccupied pickup truck that was parked in the area.

After colliding with the parked truck, the SUV continued traveling southbound on Jordan Stuart Circle. The teen driver then made a left turn onto Hunter Lake Way, followed by a left turn back onto Jordan Stuart Circle, and the SUV eventually came to a stop on the east side of a nearby parking lot, according to the report.

A trooper noted that the man was trapped underneath the SUV, and he was “dragged until (the SUV) parked.” He sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The teen driver and sole occupant of the SUV was not injured, and he remained at the scene of the accident.

The crash remains under investigation, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

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