FHP: Driver in hit-and-run, fatal crash may have been driving self to ER

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - An Orange County driver lost control of his car and crashed into a brick wall, but investigators said the driver first clipped another vehicle and kept driving.

The Florida Highway Patrol said it was looking into the possibility that Carl Sala, 63, had some type of medical procedure performed at some time prior to the crash, and that he may have been experiencing complications from that procedure.

FHP said that Carl Sala was driving very aggressively, possibly in an attempt to drive himself to the emergency room, when he clipped another car on Hoffner Avenue near Orange Avenue and kept going.

A short time later, Carl Sala crashed his car into a brick wall, where it flipped on its side, trapping he and his wife, Linda Sala.

"He hit those pillars and then spun around and smashed into that wall," said neighbor Jere Basham.

He was critically injured, but Linda Sala did not survive.

"We never recommend if anybody has a medical emergency to attempt to drive themselves for this exact reason," said Sgt. Kim Montes of the Florida Highway Patrol.

FHP said if Carl Sala does recover, he will face criminal charges in the wreck that killed his wife and the initial hit-and-run.