UPDATE: Cause of Disney Cast Member Death Released
Walt Disney World Cast Member Juan Alberto Ojeda, 33, was killed on Monday after he became trapped under a utility vehicle he was working on, according to a report from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
The report revealed that the utility cart Ojeda was working on drove onto the curb, ran into a chain link fence and fell on top of him. Ojeda was working on the cart’s battery when he died at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, according to the report.
Two witnesses, Cast Member Danny Vazquez and new hire Josh Willner, told police they saw the accident happen from about 20 yards away. Vazquez told authorities he was showing Willner around the facility when he heard “a screeching sound and turned to see a Toro utility vehicle drive up onto a curb and into a chain link fence.” The men said they saw the vehicle move six feet up the fence before falling on top of Ojeda.
Vazquez said he was asked by Ojeda to move the cart off of him, but refused out of fear he would further injur Ojeda. The 33-year-old said he couldn’t breathe before he fell unconscious, according to the report. Willner said the cart was still running and that he turned off the vehicle, but left the keys in the ignition.