13-year-old, good Samaritan among 3 dead from Turnpike crash, troopers say
FHP: All 3 dead got out of cars, were struck while standing in median
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Three people, including a good Samaritan who stopped to help, are dead after a crash on the Florida Turnpike in Osceola County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The victims are Tamari Olmeda Lopez, 44, Dylan Adalberto Pineiro, 13 and Jose Zuenigia-Garcia, 30, who were all pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers said all three of the victims had gotten out of their vehicles and were struck as pedestrians.
The crash occurred Saturday around 9:30 p.m. in the northbound lanes of the Turnpike at mile marker 191.
Here's the sequence of events involved in the crash, according to FHP officials:
A 2007 Toyota Camry carrying Lopez and Piniero was traveling north on the Turnpike. The Camry's driver lost control of the car, traveled into the right shoulder and struck a guardrail, eventually stopping in the middle of the road in-between the outside and inside lanes.
A 1999 Ford F150 parked in the center median of the road and the good Samaritan, Zuenigia-Garcia, got out to try and help those who crashed in the Camry.
A third car, a 2009 Mercedes-Benz C 300, was traveling north on the road. The driver of the Mercedes-Benz swerved left and into the median to avoid the Camry in the road. The driver hit Lopez, Piniero and Zuenigia-Garcia, who were all standing in the median.
Another car, a 2007 Volkswagen Golf, was also traveling north on the Turnpike. As the car approached the crash, the driver swerved right to avoid hitting the Camry. The car still hit the Camry and then rotated clockwise and struck the F150.
According to the crash report, none of the other drivers or passengers in the cars were injured. The report also stated that none of the crashes were alcohol-related.
Troopers said that the crash remains under investigation. No charges have been filed.
This is a developing story. Stay with News 6 for updates.
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