Crash victim run over, killed by Apopka police officer, FHP says

Troopers investigate fatal crash on Orange Blossom Trail

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager

APOPKA, Fla. - A man was hit and killed Tuesday night by two vehicles, including an Apopka police car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The fatal crash was reported around 9:30 p.m. on Orange Blossom Trail near Bradshaw Road.

According to the FHP, the man wasn't in a crosswalk as he walked across OBT.  A witness said the man was struck by a vehicle and fell to the ground.

Apopka police Officer Brian Kennedy, 22, of Apopka, was unable to avoid the man and ran him over, the FHP said.

The victim Degoberto Casraneda of Orlando, was taken to Advent Health Apopka, where he died, troopers said.

"I went up to go try to help him," said Jonathan Freeman, who witnessed the crash. "By the time I went onto the street area, it was too late."

Freeman said Kennedy attempted to give the victim CPR before paramedics arrived.

Kennedy was not injured.

The FHP did not release any details about the first vehicle that hit the man. The witness said it was a van.

"We know that he was in the middle of the road laying down," FHP Lt. Kim Montes said. "What we don't know, based upon several witness statements that are conflicting, as to what happened before."

Montes said the pedestrian was crossing outside a crosswalk in a dark area.

"We need these pedestrians to get to a safe place to cross," Montes said. "It's for their own safety.  If a driver can't see them, then a driver can't avoid them and the pedestrian is ultimately going to pay the price."

An investigation is ongoing.

No other details have been released.

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