In two different crashes since Saturday, the victims were ejected from the vehicle and then run over by another motorist.
On Tuesday at about 2:45 a.m., a 27-year-old Kissimmee resident was driving a 2018 Toyota vehicle northbound on Florida’s Turnpike at about 2:45 a.m. in Orange County.
For an unknown reason, the man lost control of the car and struck a barrier. The impact caused the vehicle to overturn multiple times, which ejected the driver, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. He was not wearing a seat belt, troopers said.
Kirk Johnson, 46, of Plantation, was driving a 2016 semitrailer northbound on the turnpike when he noticed the Toyota partially blocking the roadway. However, he did not the see the driver who was lying in the outside lane and ran over him. He was pronounced dead on scene. The victim was not identified in the report, as his family had not yet been notified.
On Saturday, another Kissimmee man was killed after he also was ejected and run over by a second vehicle.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Anthony Sanchez, 27, of Hollywood, Fla., was driving a 2011 BMW SUV eastbound on State Road 408 at about 4:55 a.m. above the posted speed limit. Sanchez then lost control of the SUV and hit a cement pillar under an overpass.
A Kissimmee passenger in the BMW was ejected from the vehicle and into the left eastbound lane. He was then run over by a 2007 Ford Edge being driven by Rodney Alexis, 33, of Titusville. The Kissimmee passenger was pronounced dead on scene. He was not identified in the report, as his family had not yet been notified.
A second passenger in the BMW, Jennifer Jenkins, 27, of Winter Garden, was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition.
Sanchez was listed in critical condition at the hospital. Neither Sanchez nor the Kissimmee man were wearing their seatbelts, but Jenkins was according to the report.
Alexis was not injured.
Both crashes remain under investigation.
Charges are pending in Saturday’s incident.