Tuesday morning, a 91 year-old man is dead after an Orange County deputy crashed into his car. The deputy was responding to a call, but didn’t have on her lights or sirens. The deputy’s cruiser t-boned the 91 year-old man’s car as he turned onto Magnolia Homes Road.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Edward Soistman pulled out of his driveway around 5:30am, stopped at a stop sign, and made a left turn. A deputy was traveling northbound on Magnolia Homes Road as Soistman attempted to make the left turn onto Magnolia Homes Road and directly into the path of the patrol car. The front of the patrol car struck the driver’s side of Soistman’s sedan.
The crash pushed Soistman’s car across the street and into the woods. His air bags deployed and so did the deputy’s. There was extensive front-end damage to the deputy’s patrol car. Florida Highway Patrol is investigating to see if the deputy had the right of way. She was heading north on Magnolia Homes Road, where the speed limit is 40 miles per hour. It is not known if the deputy was speeding. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy was headed to help another deputy with a possible stolen vehicle call when she t-boned Soistman’s car.
Another Orange County deputy was involved in a serious crash earlier this month. Deputy Wheeler crashed into a minivan on Colonial Drive and Tanner Road. FHP said he didn’t have his lights and sirens on when he ran a stop sign at the intersection. Five people went to the hospital. The deputy was ticketed.
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