ORLANDO, Fla. – An 18-year-old man was arrested Monday after a car slammed into a building in Orlando’s Milk District following a crash involving another vehicle, according to police.
Orlando police responded to a crash with injuries on Robinson Street near Bumby Avenue around 1:30 a.m. When officers arrived, they found bricks scattered along a sidewalk, which was a few feet away from a red Nissan Altima with significant front-end damage. Another car, a black Honda Civic, was found nearby with rear-end damage.
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Officers said the driver and passenger of the Honda Civic told police they were injured but did not want to be taken to the hospital.
The Orlando Police Department said the driver of the red Nissan Altima, identified as 18-year-old Brandan McIntyre, fled in another vehicle.
About an hour later, police said they received a report of a carjacking. Officers met with the victim, who was McIntyre, and later determined he was the driver of the Altima in the crash in Orlando’s Milk District, according to investigators.
Zac Alfson, who is the executive director of the Milk District, helped business owners with the cleanup after the early-morning crash.
“There’s definitely a couple walls taken out. Our door, our store front window is all gone,” Alfson said. “We’ll have a crew out here in the morning to get that all fixed up and be back in business as soon as we can.”
Alfon said a car crashed into a vintage clothing and furniture shop, which is part of the Milk District’s business incubator program.
“We’ve got businesses who are looking for a full-time brick and mortar of their own,” Alfson said. “It’s a place they can come in, test their concept and hopefully move in somewhere else in the neighborhood.”
The businesses in the building were closed at the time of the crash. Alfson said most of the damage was to the exterior of the building, but the storefronts affected will be closed while repairs are happening.
McIntyre faces charges of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, leaving the scene of a crash with injuries and falsely reporting to law enforcement authorities.
For details about the businesses in the Milk District, click here.