Driver charged with homi­cide in sus­pected street racing crash

Orlando Sentinel - - Local & State - By Jeff Weiner

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.

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