Florida man who recorded himself running red light on Snapchat before crash that killed 2 is arrested

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ORLANDO, Fla. — A 20-year-old St. Cloud man who police said recorded a Snapchat video of himself driving through a red light moments before crashing into another vehicle turned himself in on Thursday, Osceola County court records show.

The St. Cloud Police Department obtained a warrant for Hunter Black’s arrest, accusing him of two counts of vehicular homicide and driving with a suspended license after the Oct. 26 crash killed Alys Gonzalez, 41, and her 15-year-old son, Aliandro Conde.

Gonzalez and Conde were on their way home from making deliveries through UberEats that night, police said. They were pronounced dead at the scene while Black was taken to a hospital with a concussion, a broken rib and other injuries.

He is being held at the Osceola County Jail without bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

“Mr. Black voluntarily turned himself in yesterday and has cooperated every step of the way. As far as the details, I cannot provide any additional comment,” said Lia Hartwell, his attorney.

According to court records, Black uploaded a 24-second video to Snapchat moments before colliding with Gonzalez’s Jeep, which police said appeared in the video just as Black sped past a red light at Nolte Street and Michigan Avenue at about 70 mph.

Black told police in an interview he tried to avoid Gonzalez but had faulty brakes, claiming the Ford E-350 he drove, which he had bought from a used car dealer, was defective, according to a 22-page report.

While damage to the vehicle from the crash made it impossible for investigators to determine if there were defects, police said the video showed Black “does not appear to make any efforts to slow down or take evasive action.”

The video was shown to police by Black’s friend, who said he arrived at the scene after seeing the video and tracking Black’s phone.

Other videos obtained through a warrant for his Apple iCloud revealed Black on more than a dozen occasions recorded himself driving at high speeds — as fast as 105 mph — and running stop signs and red lights in the St. Cloud area, police said.

One video was captioned “never going to stop” and another “who cares,” the report said.

Osceola court records show Black had appeared before a judge five times for traffic offenses, three of those for speeding. His license was suspended at the time of the fatal crash, records show.

Following an interview with police after the fatal crash, Black refused to allow officers to take a mouth swab without a lawyer present and was arrested for resisting arrest without violence.

That charge was later dismissed, according to court records.


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