1 dead, 1 hurt in fiery Apopka crash

Apopka Boulevard closed near Sugar Pine Road

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager

APOPKA, Fla. - One person was killed and another was injured Wednesday in a fiery, single-vehicle crash in Apopka, police said.

The fatal crash was reported around 3 a.m. on Apopka Boulevard near Sugar Pine Road.

Video from the scene shows a white pickup truck off the road and next to a tree.

Apopka police said the vehicle crashed and caught fire, killing 22-year-old Nicholas Ryan Orientale, of Apopka. The other victim was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center to be treated for injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening.

A fatal crash is under investigation in Apopka.

"As it looks right now, the (vehicle) did leave the roadway and appears to have stuck a tree off the roadway," Apopka police spokeswoman Ashley Eller said. "I have been to multiple crash scenes and this is one that is definitely severe in nature."

Officers said they are still trying to determine what led to the crash, although Eller noted that the vehicle had not been reported stolen and there does not appear to be any kind of criminal element involved.

Apopka Boulevard is a two-lane road with curves that is well-lit at night but drivers should still use caution.

“When you are driving please be mindful. (You) never know what can occur in front of you, causing you to lose control. We want anyone traveling to our city to be safe,” Eller said.

No other details have been released.

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