FHP appeals for help in identifying hit-and-run driver that killed a Puerto Rican man

Jonnier Agosto Cortes' family has opened a GoFundMe account to ask for financial help to cover the funeral expenses and transfer his remains to Puerto Rico for a proper burial. (Capture via GoFundMe).

By Mivette Vega

May 15, 2024

The family has opened a GoFundMe account to ask for financial help to cover the funeral expenses and transfer Agosto’s remains to Puerto Rico for a proper burial.

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has not yet found the whereabouts of the driver of the hit-and-run that ended the life of Puerto Rican Jonnier Agosto Cortes last Thursday night in East Orlando.

According to FHP reports, a vehicle was traveling eastbound on Curry Ford Road at 11:30 p.m. when the driver lost control and ran off the road. Then, the driver struck 28-year-old Agosto Cortes who was walking west along the road. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries.

The police have obtained information thanks to cameras in the area, and they know that after the deadly crash, the driver entered a Walgreens parking lot and checked the damage to the car. Then he returned to the vehicle and left the parking lot in an unknown direction. The car involved is a 2010 white Mitsubishi.

Agosto’s family is mourning his loss. The victim was a husband and a father of a 1-year-old.

“(He) was a great, great father, great man, and they took him away for me. So special. You know, right now, my heart is broken,” Wilfredo Agosto, father of the victim, told Wesh 2.

The family has opened a GoFundMe account to ask for financial help to cover the funeral expenses and transfer Agosto’s remains to Puerto Rico for a proper burial.

“Unfortunately at this time, we don’t have the financial resources to take care of this tragedy to bring him back home to Puerto Rico to properly bury him. Jonnier leaves behind his one year old son and a heartbroken family. With a heavy heart we as a family are coming to you, our friends, and family to help us in any way you can. We will be eternally grateful for any assistance we receive. May God bless you all!,” Glorimar Cortes, the administrator of the fundraising page, wrote in the petition.

FHP is asking anyone with information to call (407) 737-2213 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS.

To contribute to the fundraising you can visit here.

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  • Mivette Vega

    Mivette Vega is a seasoned journalist and multimedia reporter whose stories center the Latino community. She is passionate about justice, equality, environmental matters, and animals. She is a Salvadorrican—Salvadorian that grew up in Puerto Rico—that has lived in San Juan, Venice, Italy, and Miami.

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