Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol have issued a statement regarding the death of a woman who was struck and killed while crossing the road in Orange County on Sunday, March 4th. In their account, they were called to Colonial Drive’s westbound lanes during the night after someone, either one of the people involved or an individual who witnessed the crash, called 9-1-1 to report a collision between a car and a pedestrian.
We now know that the woman, who was not named or described in the report, was walking down the road shortly before she was struck by a 2001 Ford Mustang. It appears that the woman was not using a sidewalk or even the shoulder of the road and that, instead, she was using one of Colonial Drive’s lanes as a footpath. The report indicated that it was not known in which direction the woman was walking, and it is not clear where she was coming from nor where she was headed.
We do know that behind the wheel of the mustang was a 51-year-old Orlando resident. This individual was driving their car down the western lanes and nearing the intersection of Colonial Drive and Berkley Street. The driver claims that they did not see the woman until right before the collision, and that there was nothing they could do to avoid striking her at that time.
The driver of the Mustang, as often happens with cases like this, did not suffer from any injuries as a result of the collision. That they remained at the scene of the accident means that any charges they may face—if they face any charges at all—will likely be lenient. Had the driver of the Mustang fled the scene, something that happens with distressing frequency, they would have found themselves at the center of a rigorous manhunt and, when apprehended, would have received numerous charges, all of them severe, whether or not the collision itself had been their fault.
At the time of this writing, it is believed that the crash is still under investigation while the Florida Highway Patrol finishes reconstructing the events of March 4th.
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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