A pedestrian attempting to cross Colonial Drive in Orange County died after being struck by two cars. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the individual was walking along Colonial Drive at around 9:00 in the evening when they decided to leave the sidewalk or shoulder and travel on foot across the asphalt. The report did not indicate if the pedestrian was crossing the road at a crosswalk or if they had decided to cross at a place where drivers are not prepared in any way for the presence of pedestrians. We do know that the crossing point was somewhere east of the intersection of Colonial Drive and Murdock Boulevard, but we do not have any other information regarding the location of the incident.
The report from the Florida Highway Patrol did not indicate who called 9-1-1 to report the presence of the pedestrian, and it furthermore made sure to state that it did not know which direction the pedestrian was crossing from, but the FHP’s report did include the information that the man was likely struck after he fell down in the westbound lanes of Colonial Drive. If this is the case, then after he fell a car came by and struck the man as he was lying on the pavement.
After the first car struck the possibly already prone man, a second car came down the road and also hit him. The emergency response teams with Orange County organizations that arrived at the area in response to the emergency call reported that the pedestrian was declared dead at the scene of the accident.
At the time of this writing, it is not clear if both of the drivers that struck the man remained at the scene of if either of them are facing charges for the death of the pedestrian. We are also in the dark regarding the hypothesis that the authorities may hold regarding the reason the man was crossing the road in that particular location and why—if their suspicion is correct—he fell down in the street.
The investigation is still underway, and more information will be released as it is confirmed by the authorities.
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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