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Hit-and-run and fiery crashes claim other lives
By Pat Andrews
posted Dec 2, 2013 - 10:58:01am
During a holiday weekend marred by traffic fatalities, an Osteen man and his female passenger were killed around 9:55 p.m. Nov. 30 when the man's 2006 Nissan two-door vehicle left the roadway as the car traveled west on Reed Ellis Road near Enterprise-Osteen Road, struck a tree then overturned, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
Both the 52-year-old man, later identified as William Pell, and his passenger, Tiffany Sams, were ejected from the vehicle. Neither was wearing a seat belt. Both were pronounced dead on the scene.
The crash remains under investigation.
The Highway Patrol is also investigating a hit-and-run fatality that happened in Sanford Nov. 27. The victim, 56-year-old Rafael Duarte of Apopka, later died of his injuries at Orlando Regional Medical Center, the FHP reported Nov. 30.
Duarte, an employee of Frank Gay Plumbing & Septic of Orlando, had just completed a service call around 6 p.m. Nov. 27 and was returning to his truck, which was parked on Lake Drive at Beverly Lane. As he approached the driver's side of the truck, an unknown vehicle struck Duarte. A passerby found him lying in the road. A black side mirror was found at the scene.
No witnesses have come forward, and troopers are looking for anyone who witnessed the crash or who may have other information about the the vehicle or its driver.
Also on Nov. 30, 64-year-old William Constant of Middleberg died after his 1998 motor home crashed and burned on Interstate 95 at mile marker 258 in Volusia County.
A tire separation apparently caused the crash, the FHP reported.
Constant was traveling northbound when a tire separated and he lost control of the motor home, which left the roadway and struck a tree. The vehicle caught fire.
Several bystanders tried to rescue Constant, according to the FHP report, but flames engulfed the vehicle, and Constant died on the scene.
The FHP continues to investigate all three crashes.
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