Kissimmee firefighter killed in crash with SUV, troopers say
By Vivian Nweze, Fox 35 News
A Kissimmee firefighter died early Thursday after his motorcycle was struck by an SUV as he exited Interstate 4, authorities said.
Lt. William Manning, 39, was stopped at the light on the I-4 ramp to Osceola Parkway just before 8 a.m. before proceeding in to the intersection.
Witnesses told the Florida Highway Patrol that SUV driver Maria Rosado did not stop after the light turned red. She entered the intersection as Manning began to enter, hitting Manning on the left side, according to an FHP report. He was sent flying off the motorcycle. Rosado then crashed into a guardrail.
Both were taken to Florida Hospital Celebration. Rosado sustains minor injuries. No alcohol was related to the incident, troopers said.
Manning was not on duty at the time of the crash, the Kissimmee Fire Department said.
Manning has been a Kissimmee firefighter since Aug. 25, 2001, and was promoted to lieutenant in September 2012. Manning is survived by his wife, siblings and mother. He was an instructor at the Central Florida Fire Academy, the department said in a statement.
"This is a very tragic day for the Kissimmee Fire Department and the Manning family," fire Chief Jeremy Donovan said. "His dedication to the department and the safety of the citizens of Kissimmee will greatly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family," Donovan said.
Charges against Rosado are pending, and the crash is under investigation.