A Friday night hit-and-run accident has taken the life of a 67-year-old woman who was attempting to cross Lake Underhill Road in Orlando. According to the Florida Highway Patrol’s report, Sergio Alvarado, a 25-year-old, was behind the wheel of his Honda as he drove down the eastbound lane of Lake Underhill Road, slightly west of where Lake Underhill Road intersects with Dean Road. Bobby Rainey, the pedestrian, was at the same moment beginning leave the north side of the road in an attempt to make it to the south side’s shoulder. For reasons that are not currently clear, Rainey’s rout took him in front of Alvarado’s Honda.
Alvarado either did not see or was unable to avoid Rainey, and because of this collided with her. It is not clear why, but after the collision took place Alvarado fled in his car rather than stay with the badly injured woman until help arrived. When the paramedics reached the scene, they rushed Rainey to the Orlando Regional Medical Center, but the efforts of the emergency response crews and the doctors were not enough to repair the damage that had taken place and she was declared dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.
In an unusual twist to the scenario, Alvarado did return to the location. This happened while the Florida State Troopers were working to fully secure the scene of the accident. Alvarado returned with his family to report himself as the person behind the wheel of the car during the accident. After running a routine check of Alvarado’s background, the Troopers arrested Alvarado on several charges which included fleeing the scene of an accident where intense physical harm and/or death had occurred. It was also revealed that Alvarado was driving with a suspended license. His initial bail was set at $15,000. This bond amount was paid by Saturday, before Alvarado’s initial time in court.
The trial for this case has not yet taken place and it is not known whether or not the Florida Highway Patrol or the Florida State Troopers have leveled any additional charges against Alvarado.
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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