Separate motorcycle, scooter crashes snarl rush-hour traffic
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Two separate crashes, one fatal, snarled major roadways near Altamonte Springs on Friday morning.
On eastbound Interstate 4, a motorcyclist was killed overnight when his bike struck the back of a semi truck between the State Road 436 and Longwood exits. Timothy Lea, 44, of Sanford was killed after his 2006 Kawasaki collided with the left rear of a semi trailer, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Lea, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected, the FHP said. As a witness stopped on I-4 to help Lea, a 2003 Ford van driven by 19-year-old Brandon Henry of Orange City approached the crash scene. Henry swerved to avoid the initial crash and overturned. Neither Henry nor the driver of the semi, Aaron Fish, 52, of Waynesville, N.C., was hurt.
The eastbound lanes of I-4 were closed for several hours.
Nearby, during the investigation into the I-4 crash, a second crash involving a scooter and car closed the intersection of S.R. 436 and Douglas Avenue.
Altamonte Springs Police say at about 1 a.m., a black Dodge Charger ran a red light and struck the scooter at the intersection. The scooter driver was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition, Officer Robert Pelton said.