Orlando man killed, teen critically injured after car strikes pole on SR-417

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A 20-year-old Orlando man died and his 19-year-old passenger was critically injured after the man lost control of his car on State Road 417 and struck a pole, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

A witness told troopers that the car drove by at a higher rate of speed before leaving the roadway, traveling into the east shoulder of the road and striking the pole, which was attached to a road sign.

The 19-year-old passenger, identified only as a female from New Haven, Connecticut, was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center with critical injuries.

Troopers said the accident happened around 3:35 a.m. Wednesday in the northbound lanes of State Road 417 near the exit for Colonial Drive.

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