A 13-year-old boy was struck and killed recently in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident on State Road 436 in east Orange County. Florida Highway Patrol troopers investigating the accident report that the teen was struck while attempting to cross at the intersection of Semoran Boulevard and Old Cheney Highway. Troopers say that the teen was using the crosswalk and had the right of way when he was struck by a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu driven by a 51-year-old Winter Park woman. FHP Spokesperson Sgt. Kim Montes said that the woman was traveling north on Semoran Boulevard when she ran a red light and struck the teen.
The boy was rushed to Arnold Palmer Hospital for treatment but died from his injuries shortly after arrival. Troopers say that the woman continued traveling north on Semoran Boulevard after striking the teen. Accident witnesses followed the Malibu until the driver collided with a Mazda CX-9 SUV on Baldwin Park Street about a mile north of the hit-and-run accident. The hit-and-run driver was taken to Winter Park Hospital, where she received treatment for minor injuries. The FHP is expecting to file multiple charges against her, pending the results of toxicology tests.
This tragic accident is a grim reminder of the perils that pedestrians and bicyclists face on Central Florida on a daily basis. In addition to having to cross busy highways and ride or walk along roads built for automobiles, they are also at elevated risk for serious injury due to:
- Distracted drivers
- Drivers who are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs
- Drivers who disobey traffic signals
- Drivers who speed and travel too fast for weather conditions
- A lack of sidewalks, elevated crosswalks and other pedestrian-friendly safety measures
If you are injured in pedestrian accident in Central Florida and would like to speak with an experienced Orlando pedestrian accident attorney, call James O. Cunningham today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587). Few Orlando personal injury lawyers have more experience or a better record of success helping injured clients than Mr. Cunningham and he is dedicated to helping each client receive the best possible outcome for their case. He has law offices throughout Central Florida and can meet with you and answer your questions at the office nearest your location. Call him today and 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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