Teen (Matthew Knorr) Dies in Central Florida Accident


A tragic automobile accident has left an Orlando family mourning the death of a teenage boy, and waiting to learn whether the boy’s father will survive his life-threatening injuries. According to officials, Matthew Knorr, 17, was the passenger in a car that was struck by another vehicle near Colonial Drive and Chuluota Road in Central Florida; he was sadly pronounced died at the scene. His father, John Allan Knorr, 42, the driver of the vehicle, was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

The crash occurred during a frequent Florida afternoon thunderstorm. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 1996 Chevy sport utility vehicle was headed east on Colonial drive when it failed to stop at a red light. The SUV struck the Knorrs’ 1997 Dodge Stratus, which was headed south toward the intersection on Chuluota Road, said troopers. The driver of the SUV, Brandon Lee Benton, 27, sustained only minor personal injuries and was not hospitalized. Troopers said charges are pending, and the crash remains under investigation.

Matthew’s family said that he was loved by the whole family. He enjoyed spending time with his grandparents Robert and Rose Knorr and helping them around their house. Matthew’s mother, Jessica Knorr, said that the East River High School rising senior enjoyed hunting, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his father. John Knorr, a disabled former mechanic, had recently bought Matthew a used pickup truck. He and his son were going to fix it up together, so Matthew could drive it once he got his license in November.

For more information on this topic, see Family reeling after Friday crash kills teen, injures dad.

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