Orlando man dies after car plunges into pond

Fatal crash happened near West Kaley Street and South Rio Grande Avenue

A 37-year-old Orlando man died after a car plunged into a retention pond Wednesday night in Orange County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

ORLANDO, Fla. – A 37-year-old Orlando man died after a car plunged into a retention pond Wednesday night in Orange County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The fatal crash happened around 9:40 p.m. near West Kaley Street and South Rio Grande Avenue near Orlando.

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According to the FHP, the man was driving a blue sedan when he suffered a possible medical episode. His car sideswiped an unoccupied Orange County sheriff’s cruiser that was parked on the east side of Kaley Street before striking a curb and fence, going down an embankment and becoming fully submerged in the pond, troopers said.

An Orange County sheriff’s deputy removed the man from the vehicle, and the driver was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to an FHP crash report.

The sheriff’s office dive team will remove the car from the pond.

No other details have been released.


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