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.