An unnamed woman was attempting to cross State Road 436 in Orange County on Monday morning when she was hit by a passing car. The Florida Highway Patrol has issued a statement that sums up the current information around the case, and their report indicates that the crash took place near 5:10 in the morning, close to where State Road 436 crosses Old Cheney Highway.
The vehicle, a Honda, was piloted by a 38-year-old man from Winter park who has also not yet been named. Traveling along the southbound lanes of State Road 436, it appears that the car’s driver did not see the pedestrian as she attempted to cross the road. Initial findings of the Florida Highway Patrol’s investigation indicates that the woman was not using the crosswalk when the accident occurred.
The emergency response crews from Orlando rushed the injured woman to Winter Park Hospital, but the wounds she sustained during the accident were too grave for the doctors and nurses in attendance. She was pronounced dead shortly after her admittance to the hospital.
While the authorities investigated the accident, the southern lanes of State Road 436 were shut down between Old Cheney Highway and State Road 50. After three or so hours of investigating, the road was reopened for all traffic.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of the Honda is not currently facing any charges in the case. While it is the responsibility of drivers to proceed with great caution in areas where pedestrians may be walking, it is also the responsibility of pedestrians to obey all of the posted laws. This includes using crosswalks. Attempting to cross a street—especially a busy street—outside of a crosswalk is something that immediately courts danger. Because drivers are not usually looking for people on foot in the middle of the street, by not using a crosswalk a pedestrian drastically increases the likelihood that their decision will end poorly.
In accidents involving cars and pedestrians, it is most often the pedestrian who suffers the full brunt of the accident. This makes it even more important for both drivers and pedestrians to pay careful attention to their surroundings and obey all traffic laws.
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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