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<br /> C ASSELBERRY P OLICE D EPARTMENT <br /> C ASSELBERRY P OLICE D EPARTMENT <br />MEDIA RELEASE <br /> <br />3-21-08 <br />Distributed by Lt. Dennis L. Stewart, PIO <br />(407) 262-7616 Ext. 1008 <br />FAX (407) 262-7637 <br /> <br /> <br />Traffic Homicide – CPD Event 20080802109 <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />The Casselberry Police Department, Casselberry Fire Department and Seminole County Fire <br />Department responded to a call of a severe single car crash near the Home Depot located at US 17-92 <br />and Plumosa Drive in Casselberry. The car reportedly crossed US 17-92 from Plumosa Drive at a <br />high rate of speed without stopping. The crash occurred about 8:24 PM on 3/20/08. The car struck a <br />thick concrete barrier along Lake Concord. The car shattered the concrete barrier and catapulted over <br />a secondary barrier into the lake below. Witnesses called 9-1-1 and attempted to assist the car’s <br />occupants. Police and Fire crews quickly responded to the scene and began joint efforts to assist the <br />occupants trapped in the submerged car. A command post was set up in the Home Depot parking lot. <br />Traffic on northbound 17-92 was reduced to a single lane for several hours. A dive team responded <br />from the Seminole County Fire Department. <br /> <br />Rescue staff and the dive team recovered a 25 year old W/F from the car and rushed her to South <br />Seminole Hospital in Longwood. The woman had no vitals from the scene. Medical staff were <br />unable to revive her. The deceased woman was later identified as Christine Cottingham of <br />Casselberry. The Volusia County Medical Examiner’s Office conducts forensic autopsies for <br />Seminole County. They will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of Ms. Cottingham’s death. <br /> <br />A second woman was also recovered from the car by rescue workers and divers. The 26 year old W/F <br />was rushed to Florida Hospital Altamonte. Medical personnel were able restart her vital signs and <br />transport her to Orlando Regional Medical Center where she was last listed in critical condition. The <br />second woman was identified as Kristen Morn of Casselberry. <br /> <br />The next of kin for the families was notified of the crash. They do not wish to make any statement to <br />the press. <br /> <br />The wrecked car was recovered from the lake without incident. The Casselberry Police Department is <br />conducting a traffic homicide investigation to determine how this crash occurred. It is currently <br />unknown why the car was allegedly speeding across US 17-92, why the driver did not stop prior to <br />hitting the wall or who was driving the car at the time of the crash. The traffic homicide investigation <br />is an open and ongoing investigation by members of the Casselberry Police Department’s Traffic <br />Section. Additional factors in this case are portions of the active investigation therefore no additional <br /> <br />information on those matters will be publicly discussed or released. <br /> <br /> <br />