Dump Truck Hit Taxi Cab – Passenger Dies as a Result of Automobile Accident Related Injuries in Kissimmee Florida

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A 55-year-old man was tragically killed while riding in a taxi cab. According to Florida Highway Patrol troopers, a dump truck struck the taxi and pushed the cab about 220 feet forward. The driver of the dump truck, 49-year-old Edwin Canales of Kissimmee, Florida, was driving westbound on State Road 528 a little before 2:00 a.m. when he collided with the taxi cab near mile marker 9. The cab driver, 39-year-old Fleurinat Estephene of Orlando, Florida, is reportedly in critical condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center. FHP troopers said Estephene was not wearing his seat belt. The cab’s passenger, 55-year-old Claude Altidor died at the scene. Canales did not sustain any personal injuries. Currently, Florida officials have not explained why Canales struck the cab. For more read Man killed while riding in a taxi after cab struck by dump truck.
The death of this man is a tragedy for his family and community. Florida drivers should use due care and caution at all times while driving. Drivers should also refrain from engaging in distracted driving behaviors such as talking or texting on a cell phone while driving, eating or grooming, listen to music too loudly and talking to other passengers. Not participating in these types of activities will increase your visibility and reaction time while decreasing your chances of being involved in an automobile accident.

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