Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers have arrested one driver and are looking for another in connection with a recent fatal pedestrian accident in Orlando. Troopers say that the accident occurred around 3:30 a.m. one recent morning near the intersection of South Orange Blossom Trail and 39th Street. They report says that the victim was walking across South Orange Blossom Trail when she was struck for the first time but was not at an intersection or walking in a designated crosswalk at the time of the accident.
Accident investigators say that the victim was first struck by a car driven by a 49-year-old local man who stopped and got out of his vehicle before getting back into his car and leaving the scene of the accident. A driver from Maryland, who was following the man and witnessed the first pedestrian accident, stopped to render assistance to the victim. As she opened her door to get out and help the victim, the door was struck by a Ford Taurus, which then struck the pedestrian for a second time and sped away. Troopers say that the impact caused the victim to be struck for a third time by a vehicle driven by a 23-year-old Orlando woman. FHP troopers are looking for the Ford Taurus and the driver and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident to call them at 800-423-TIPS.
It’s no secret that Central Florida is the most dangerous place in the country for pedestrians. The Orlando metropolitan area consistently ranks first in the country for numbers of pedestrian accidents each year and the number of people injured and killed in these accidents. Recent pedestrian accident statistics posted by Metroplan Orlando for Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties indicate the following:
- More than half (57 percent) of non-fatal pedestrian crashes occur in the daytime.
- Fifty percent of pedestrian crashes occur on roads with four or more lanes, and 36 percent occur on multi-lane roads without medians.
- Thirty-five percent of pedestrian crashes involve a driver who failed to yield when required by law.
While pedestrian safety advocates, the law enforcement community and city planners have made strides recently to educate drivers and pedestrians and make area roadways safer, there is plenty of room for improvement to make Central Florida roadways safer for pedestrians, as well as motorists.
If you or a family member has been injured by a negligent driver and you would like to learn more about your rights and legal options, call Orlando pedestrian accident attorney James O. Cunningham today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587). Mr. Cunningham has been using his skills, resources and experience to help injured people since 1977 and has a proven record of success helping them receive the compensation they need and deserve. Before you speak with the driver’s insurance company or legal representative, call Mr. Cunningham today, schedule a free consultation and get his nearly four decades of experience as an Orlando personal injury lawyer 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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