What started as a routine traffic stop ended in a violent crash, investigators said.
A car that refused to stop for a trooper crashed into a tree, killing one person and injuring another early Tuesday morning in Orlando, Florida, according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP).
The pursuit began when the driver of the fleeing car, a white Mazda, made an illegal U-turn at Orange Blossom Trail and 29th Street. Then the driver cut off the vehicle’s headlights and sped west on L.B. McLeod Road.
The car eventually lost control and slammed into trees near the Holden Avenue Fire Station on 29th Street and Rio Grand Avenue.
Troopers had to cut the men out of the vehicle. The 25-year-old driver, who was partially ejected from the vehicle, was killed instantly.
The 55-year-old passenger was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.
An FHP sergeant said that while a trooper did pursue the car, she did not believe the chase reached high speeds.
Troopers said that they suspect that the driver was driving on a revoked license.
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