A rash of accidents on Friday night had the Florida Highway Patrol extremely busy. A total of nine accidents, four in the westbound lanes and five in the eastbound lanes, had traffic moving slow in both directions on I-4 across the middle of the state. According to officials, twenty-six vehicles were involving in these incidents which occurred in the evening hours between milepost 121 and 127. Most of the incidents were rear-end collisions. It is unclear at this point whether all of the incidents were related.
The suspect in an April hit-and-run crash that fatally wounded a 4-year-old Winter Park girl could be facing trial as early as the end of July according to Orange County officials. According to his attorney, the accused does not wish to waive his right to a speedy trial. Trial is currently set to begin on July 28.
A crash on westbound Interstate 4 has westbound traffic snarled to a stop, according to officials. The crash occurred around 7:20 this morning. At this time, no injuries are being reported. The Florida Highway Patrol is working to get westbound traffic flowing again, but for now the pace is a slow crawl.
On Saturday evening at approximately 7:25 p.m. a 2003 Ford Expedition was negotiating the US-27 exit in Davenport when the driver lost control and the vehicle rolled. The passenger in the front seat, a 36-year-old Kissimmee man was ejected from the vehicle and killed. Five other passengers in the vehicle were taken to nearby hospitals. The driver was unharmed. Polk County officials believe that speed and wet conditions may have been contributing factors to the accident.
On Monday afternoon, the first wave of paying customers got a chance to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley firsthand. Individuals that had purchased hotel package deals to the Harry Potter inspired park got to eat at the new Leaky Cauldron restaurant, ride the Hogwarts Express, and the Escape from Gringot’s. General admission for the public begins on July 8.
A two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Cypress Gardens Boulevard and US Highway 27 near Winter Haven fatally injured one man and sent three more to area hospitals. Police say one vehicle was southbound on Highway 27 and attempted to make a westbound turn when it was struck by another southbound vehicle early Sunday morning. Because the occupants of both vehicles have given authorities conflicting statements, it is unclear who was at fault in this accident.
The Florida Highway Patrol has released dozens of 911 phone calls that were placed in the minutes after Wednesday night’s horrific accident in Daytona Beach. A 45-year-old woman was walking the beach around 9:35 p.m. when she was struck by a Nissan pickup truck after the vehicle had plowed through a lifeguard stand. The 911 calls describe many grisly details of the incident…from persons trying to back the truck off the woman to a passersby trying to administer CPR.
An accident involving two jet skis at Lake Griffin State Park just north of Leesburg, sent two men and a seven-year-old boy to the hospital Tuesday evening. According to authorities, the men were operating the jet skis and the seven-year-old was a passenger on one of them. The three victims all knew each other. The men were more seriously injured than the seven-year-old, who was treated and released.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers have announced that they have arrested at least one driver involved in a recent racing incident and pursuit on Interstate 4 in Orlando. The trooper who arrested one of the drivers involved in the race said that he was getting onto eastbound I-4 from State Road 408 around 4:30 a.m. on recent morning when he saw drivers racing in front of him.
A report was recently issued by the Florida Department of Transportation that confirmed something the legal community already knew: Florida roadways have become much more crowded and dangerous. The DoT report, titled, “Traffic Crash Facts Annual Report 2012” was published in October 2013. In generating the report, authors parsed a wide range of accident data dating back to 1991.