Stephen Hughes, 61, of Kissimmee was killed in a fatal hit and run crash
on August 22nd. During the Orlando morning rush hour, Hughes’ 2008
Hyundai Accent skidded off the interstate and struck a palm tree. The
car wrapped around the tree, killing the driver. The Hyundai was travelling
eastbound on 1-4 in Orlando near a semi-wooded stretch of road.
An accident eye-witness told investigators that a gold-colored sedan was
seen driving recklessly near Hyundai just moments before the wreck. Early
details indicate that the Hyundai may have been struck by the gold car
or was otherwise run off of the road. Officials are calling the accident
a hit-and-run fatality, but are investigating any possibility of road
rage. Eastbound lanes of 1-4 were closed for over five hours to allow
investigators access to the scene. Authorities are still looking for the
other gold-colored car involved in the crash.
Stephen Hughes was a history and social studies teacher at nearby Lake
Eola High School. A local parent in the Lake Eola district, Cindy Hamilton,
offered praises to Hughes:
“Mr. Hughes first year at Lake Eola was our first year at Lake Eola.
All three of my kids had Steve for three years each. He was a great teacher
and a natural…he knew what it meant to be a teacher and how to
listen to kids.”
Orlando police and Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) have continued with a full
investigation and ask anyone with information about the driver of the
gold-colored car to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477.
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