A woman in her 20s was struck and killed by a car after getting out of her wrecked car and trying to get to the side of Interstate 4 after a large auto accident involving several vehicles. Florida Highway Patrol troopers report that the victim was killed in the westbound lanes of I-4 during the morning rush hour. The multi-car crash and pedestrian accident closed all lanes of I-4 while officers reconstructed the events that led to the accidents and workers cleared debris from the roadway.
According to Orlando police officers, the woman was driving a 1995 Toyota Camry westbound on I-4 when her car left the roadway and struck a guardrail near the Kirkman Road exit. She then swerved back onto the interstate where her car was struck by a 2003 Mercedes. When the Camry came to a stop, it was then struck by a 2010 Hyundai sedan. When she got out of her vehicle and attempted to run to the center median, she was struck and killed by a 2008 Ford Escape driven by 23-year-old Orlando woman. Officers say that the victim died at the scene from her injuries.
While officers were conducting their investigation of the first accident and fatality, a 19-year-old woman ignored a police roadblock and drove through the accident scene despite officers’ attempts to stop her. Officers were able to stop the driver two feet from where the dead woman’s body lay on the roadway. The driver faces multiple charges, including fleeing and eluding, resisting an officer, refusing to obey police officers and other charges. Officers suspected that she might have been drinking, which caused her to drive erratically and disobey orders. Citing safety concerns, officers did not charge her with any alcohol related offenses at the accident scene but expect to file DUI charges when they receive results from a blood test.
It appears that the officers investigating the earlier crash were very fortunate in that an intoxicated driver did not plow into them. Sadly, many Floridians are not so lucky. In 2008, at least 875 people were killed in Florida drunk driving accidents, and thousands more were injured. If you or a loved one is injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you have a right to seek damages against them. Many people injured by drunk drivers in Central Florida contact experienced Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham at 800-425-2004. Unlike other Orlando drunk driving accident injury lawyers, Mr. Cunningham handles each aspect of a client’s case personally, using his skills and nearly 40 years of experience to build effective cases for his clients. Call him today to schedule your free consultation.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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