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Kissimmee technician killed by utility cart at Disney site

Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 12:19 pm

By Brian McBride


A Kissimmee man who worked for Walt Disney World was killed on Monday after a utility cart he was working on crashed into a fence and fell on top of him, authorities said.

Juan Alberto Ojeda, 33, of 8721 Tierra Vista Circle, No. 201, Kissimmee, worked as a technician at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Vehicle Maintenance area, according to an Orange County Sheriff’s Office report. He was pronounced dead on scene.

Deputies said that employee Danny Vasquez, of Poinciana, was showing a new employee, Josh Willner, of Kissimmee, around the maintenance area in the morning, when he said he “heard a screeching sound and turned to see a Toro utility vehicle drive up onto a curb and into a chain link fence,” the report stated.

Vasquez said the front end of the cart “climbed about 6 feet up the fence” before coming back down and landing on Ojeda. He added Ojeda’s arm appeared to have been caught on the steering wheel of the cart.

Vasquez said Ojeda told him to back the vehicle off of him, “but he did not do it in fear of causing more injury,” the report stated.

Vasquez then reported that Ojeda said he couldn’t breath and then fell unconscious.

Willner said he and Vasquez “tried to lift the cart off of the technician but it was too heavy,” the report stated.

When deputies arrived at the scene at 9:20 a.m., they saw that Reedy Creek Fire Department personnel lift the vehicle off Ojeda who had been lying in “almost a fetal-type position,” the report stated. He was pronounced dead at 9:29 a.m.

Deputies then contacted the Occupational and Safety Health Administration to report the incident.