Usually, 12:35am is a quiet time of night for Orlando residents who live on Bonneville Drive. Close to the University of Central Florida, this residential street receives heavy traffic, but it is still lined with homes and families, many of whom were sleeping on June 20th, when Bruce Bonds, a 37-year-old Orlando man, failed to negotiate a tricky curve as he approached Hertha Drive, hit a tree, and crashed into a home on Bonneville Drive’s 2400 block. The home, owned by a Ms. Morse, was badly damaged in the accident, but she and an unnamed guest were fortunately in a different part of the house and suffered from no injuries.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol’s report, Robe Morse, the son and neighbor of Ms. Morse, says he prevented Bonds from fleeing from the scene. After emergency responders arrived they wound up arresting Bonds under a DUI charge and subsequently transporting him to the Orange County Jail. The report states that Morse and other residents along the street have repeatedly complained to the city about the conditions of the road. They claim that the speed with which many drivers fly down the street (which is often peppered by children on bicycles or playing in the yards and sidewalks). In fact, Morse says that this is not the first time that the house has been struck by a vehicle that failed to navigate the turn.
Residents say that the introduction of guardrails or speed bumps would be a welcome addition to the street, but employees from Orlando’s public works department say that the street has far too much vehicle traffic and driveways for either speed bumps or guardrails. This does not bode well for those who live along Bonneville Drive, some of whom report upwards of 10 different accidents along the same stretch of road over the past three months. Sources from Florida State Troopers contest that claim, saying that there are very few reported incidents of accidents in the area, although they do admit that several cars have had to be pulled out of ditches along the specified stretch of road.
If you have been involved in an Orlando auto accident, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587).
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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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