• April 06, 2022

Virginia Olivo Killed in Alleged Truck Hit-and-run Accident in Orange County, FL

UPDATE (May 11, 2022): Further reports identified the woman killed in the accident as Virginia Olivo. Additional details surrounding the accident remain under investigation.

Orange County, FL -- April 5, 2022, a woman was killed due to an accident where a truck hit her on Curry Ford Road, then allegedly left the scene.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 1:00 p.m. near the intersection of Curry Ford Road and Sanctuary Point Boulevard.

In their reports, authorities said that a woman was stopped along the roadway after her SUV became disabled. While outside of the SUV, a box truck reportedly hit her and the Chevy, causing fatal injuries.

Authorities allege that the truck driver left the scene. Reports say that police arrested Miguel Valero Gonzalez as the alleged hit-and-run driver. Gonzalez reportedly faces charges at this time. The victim, a 57-year-old Orlando woman, has yet to be identified.

Commentary on Virginia Olivo Alleged Truck Hit-and-run Accident in Orange County

If the reports on this tragic event are accurate, then there can at least be some silver lining if the authorities do indeed have the runaway driver in custody. When someone does something as egregious as leaving the scene of a fatal accident, ensuring they see the inside of a courtroom is the least anyone could do. However, if these allegations prove true, I can't help wondering if there's more to all of this. The vehicle involved here was apparently a box truck hauling furniture. What I would look into given the reins of a similar crash would be if the truck driver was working for a company at the time. If so, was something like this foreseeable?

Virginia Olivo Alleged Truck Hit-and-run Accident Orange County, FL

Across hundreds of commercial vehicle wrecks, I've seen my fair share of cases where a reckless truck driver's actions turned out to be more or less predictable. This can be for several reasons. Sometimes, the driver has a history of reckless driving. Other times, the company itself encourages reckless business practices, and more of their drivers are out there putting people at risk. There are also times where companies know their driver fled the scene, and their first act is to try to minimize the damage rather than immediately call the authorities to turn their driver in.

Whether or not anything like that happened here remains to be seen. Looking into those possibilities will be absolutely crucial, especially considering the possibility that issues leading to this crash may still be a problem for the rest of the community. If there's one thing I learned after thirty years of commercial vehicle accident experience, it's that families don't want to see just anyone held accountable for their hardships; they want the right people--all of them--held fully accountable. Are the proper steps being taken to see that happens here?

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