Man killed when car strikes tree in Orlando

FHP says charges pending against driver

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ORLANDO, Fla. - A 28-year-old Orlando man was killed late Thursday when the car in which he was riding crashed into a tree, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Robert Jackson died in the single-vehicle wreck, which occurred around 10:20 p.m. near Silver Star Road and Lake Street in Orlando.

According to the FHP, a 1999 Ford Escort driven by Erica Vatriece Hardwick, 23, of Orlando, left Silver Star Road for an unknown reason and struck a tree.

Jackson died at the scene, said the FHP, which added that Hardwick suffered serious injuries and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.

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