Driver charged with homicide in suspected street racing crash
A Kissimmee man has been charged with vehicular homicide in a May 2019 crash, after a witness told police that he appeared to be trying to start a street race when he crashed into a driver turning across the roadway.
According to Kissimmee police, William Pinaroc Madayag, 37, was driving southbound in a white BMW on North John Young Parkway the evening of May 31, 2019, when Edgar Gonzalez, who was driving in the other direction, tried to turn onto Bermuda Lakes Lane.
Madayag’s BMW smashed into the side of Gonzalez’s Nissan Altima. The BMW was going 98 mph in a 45 mph zone, police said.
Gonzalez was taken to Osceola Regional Medical Center, where he died the night after the crash, according to a Kissimmee police report.
In an interview with police, Madayag claimed that he “was keeping up with the flow of traffic and was not driving excessively over the speed limit,” and “did not have enough time to avoid” Gonzalez as he turned across the southbound lanes, according to the report.
However, police calculated that he was going nearly 100 mph. Had he been going between 45 and 60 mph, he likely would have avoided hitting Gonzalez, the Kissimmee police analysis showed.
Meanwhile, a woman who was also driving southbound on John Young Parkway at the time of the crash told police that she believed Madayag was trying to start a street race with her.
Madayag faces a seconddegree felony charge, which carries up to 15 years in prison. He was booked into the Osceola County Jail on Monday.