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DeLand Man Dies in Crash

DeLand Man Dies in Crash

A passenger of a vehicle was killed when the driver crashed and fled.

At 3:06 in the morning, an unidentified man was driving a 2004 Chevy Avalanche traveling northbound on Ocoee Apopka Road in Ocoee, Florida, near the SR-249. There were 3 passengers in the truck, including 25-year-old Fabiel Ayola, 22-year-old Primo Luna, and a 26-year-old man from DeLand.

The driver crashed his truck into a utility pole. He got the truck back on the road and continued northbound. He then pulled into a parking lot near a Master Muffler Brake Center and fled the scene.

Ayola and Luna called 911. When emergency personnel arrived, they promptly took the man from DeLand to the Florida Hospital Apopka to be treated for injuries. However, when he arrived at the hospital, he was pronounced dead.

Ayola and Luna suffered from minor injuries, but declined any medical attention.

The crash with the utility line also temporarily caused a power-outage in nearby homes.

Police have not yet released the name of the driver or the deceased passenger. They are currently seeking the driver and charges are pending.

Florida Highway Patrol trooper, Roy Basit, said of the driver, "Irresponsible. I'm not sure yet, but I believe alcohol was involved."

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