At approximately 10 p.m. last Friday evening in Orange County, Florida, 19-year-old Alexandria Clark, was tragically involved in a fatal pedestrian accident near the University of Florida when she stepped out into oncoming traffic and was struck by a BMW travelling eastbound on Alafaya Trail.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Clark, an Orlando native, was attempting to cross University Boulevard outside of the designated crosswalk path when she was hit by the 21-year-old male driver of the BMW, who pulled to the side of the road after the collision to await the authorities.
Emergency response crews were dispatched to the scene of the accident, and transported Clark to Florida Hospital East, where she died from her injuries. This is a current and ongoing investigation. It is unclear at this time whether or not alcohol played a factor, but Clark will undergo a blood-alcohol test, as stated in the crash report.
Florida boasts some of the best walking weather in the country almost year-round. From the college towns and cozy coastal cities, to the hustle & bustle of the busy metro areas, an abundance of people choose walking as their primary mode of transportation. And as the number of people on foot increases, so do the number of pedestrian accidents, unfortunately.
An article published at the beginning of this year by the Miami Herald reported that Florida is the most dangerous place in the country for pedestrians, with fatalities soaring to an all-time high. The top five worst cities include:
1. Cape Coral/Fort Myers
2. Palm Bay/Melbourne/Titusville
5. Deltona/Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach
Additionally, a report released in 2014 by the Washington, D.C. advocate organization Smart Growth America states that within a ten-year period, 5,142 Floridians were involved in fatal pedestrian accidents.
If you or a loved one have been injured, it can be a difficult time for everyone involved. Orlando crosswalk accident attorney James O. Cunningham has been representing his clients with compassion since 1977. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY.
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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