Apopka police seek help locating driver in fatal crash between BMW, passenger van

APOPKA, Fla. — Police are still working to identify the driver of a BMW after the car collided with a passenger van killing a woman and critically injuring her husband in Apopka early Tuesday morning.

Apopka police said the crash happened just after midnight on Michael Gladden Boulevard near South Hawthorne Avenue.

Witnesses said the driver of the BMW fled before police arrived, but police have not confirmed that information.


Officers said a passenger in the van, 64-year-old Aurora Rodarte, died on scene and the van’s driver, Urbano Rodarte-Reyes, was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

A witness told Channel 9 she saw two people get out of the BMW and into a waiting vehicle right after the crash.

"First thing I heard was a big boom and then the jeep coming through the bushes," said the witness, who asked not to be identified. "Then two guys got out and someone picked them up."

Apopka police confirmed that no one from the BMW was taken into custody as of Wednesday afternoon.

The crash closed down the road for nearly five hours.

Some at the scene believe the intersection where the crash happened is a death trap.

Debra Jordan, who said she drove through the intersection just seconds after the crash, wants to see a stoplight installed soon.

Apopka Police said the investigation into the crash is ongoing, but they do have leads on the driver of the BMW and on the vehicle that reportedly picked up the driver and passenger.

Anyone with information on the crash is urged to call the Apopka Police Department at 407-703-1757 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477.