On Friday, December 13th, a late evening
car crash claimed the lives of an elderly couple and left another driver with serious injuries.
The crash took place near the intersection of East Mitchell Hammock Road
and Clara Lee Evans Way in Oviedo, about 15 miles northeast of Orlando.
According to police, 75-year-old Jesse Smith was travelling westbound on
Mitchell Hammock Road with his wife, 76-year-old Icena Smith. Jesse Smith
was getting ready to make a left turn onto Clara Lee Evans Way just as
another automobile driven by a woman was approaching in the oncoming lanes.
Police have not released the name of the other driver.
Jesse Smith failed to yield the right of way to the woman driving the other
car, and the other vehicle collided with Smith’s. Jesse Smith died
at the scene of the accident and his wife was rushed to Central Florida
Regional Hospital, where she later died from her injuries. Although the
woman driving the other vehicle was seriously injured as well, she is
expected to survive.
Traffic-homicide investigators have opened an investigation. No word was
provided on whether any traffic citations or charges are pending. Based
on initial information, police believe the crash to be a tragic accident,
but an official determination is still pending the outcome of the investigation.