Deputy tried to pull over car minutes before it was involved in crash that left 2 dead, 1 injured

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando police said two people have died and another is in critical condition after a crash on Lee Road.

Officers said the crash happened Thursday morning at Lee Road and Crawford Avenue.

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The crash shut down Lee Road between north Orange Blossom Trail and Edgewater Drive.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said that a deputy attempted to stop one of the cars involved, a gold Chevrolet Impala, in the parking lot of the BP gas station near Lee Road and North John Young Parkway 4 minutes before the crash.

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Deputies said the driver did not stop and fled the gas station. Officials said the deputy did not follow the car and remained at the gas station, per department policy.

Orlando police said the driver of the Impala suffered serious injuries, and the passenger in the car died. Neither has been identified by police.

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Officers said initial investigation findings show the driver of the Impala was traveling at a high rate of speed on eastbound Lee Road when he failed to negotiate a curve, crossing over the median into the oncoming traffic on westbound Lee Road.

Police said the Chevy Impala struck a brown Nissan Sentra, which then caused the Chevy Impala to strike the Ford F350, then causing the Ford F350 to crash into a white Nissan Sentra.

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Officers said the driver of the brown Nissan Sentra, identified as Stephanie Lynn Marshall, 50, died in the crash.

The driver of the Ford F150, was transported to the hospital with minor injuries, officers said, and the driver of the white Nissan Sentra was not injured.

Stay tuned to Channel 9 Eyewitness News for updates.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.