A motorcyclist and an occupant in a vehicle that struck the motorcyclist were killed recently in a bizarre series of accidents that claimed two lives in Volusia County. Officials with the Florida Highway Patrol say the two accidents occurred on State Road 415 near Reed Ellis Road south of Osteen. The first accident occurred around 12:35 a.m. when the motorcyclist crossed the centerline of S.R. 415 and was struck by a pickup truck driven by a Sanford man. The collision killed the rider, a 48-year-old Macon, GA man, who was trapped under the 2008 Mazda truck along with his 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Around six minutes later, a 34-year-old Lake Monroe man who was a passenger in the Mazda and got out of the truck to inspect the accident scene was struck as he stood or knelt in the northbound lanes of S.R. 415. Witnesses say a vehicle heading southbound swerved to avoid colliding with the wreckage and struck the Lake Monroe man. He was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead from his injuries. The driver then fled from the scene and is wanted for questioning in connection with the incident. The driver of the Mazda truck suffered minor injuries in the crash and was also taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford for treatment. Anyone who witnessed or knows anything about the accidents is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol at 407-737-2213.
Hit-and-run drivers flee from an accident scene for several reasons such as driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, not having required insurance coverage, not having a valid driver’s license, wanting to avoid being held responsible for their actions and other reasons. Whatever their motivations, people who harm another person or their property and then flee rather than rendering assistance are grossly negligent and put their victims in a terrible position. The good news is that, sooner or later, most hit-and-run drivers are caught.
If you or a close family member has been injured by a hit-and-run driver and you have questions about your rights and legal options, call Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham today at 888-425-2004 or 407-425-2000 to schedule a free consultation. Mr. Cunningham has been helping injured people since 1977 and has earned the reputation as an Orlando personal injury attorney who works hard for every client. He handles each aspect of a client’s case personally and has a proven record of success. Call today to get his experience and work ethic on your side.
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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