15-Year-Old Struck and Killed While Rollerblading in Ormond Beach
An investigation is underway into a Volusia County auto accident that left a 15-year-old girl dead. The devastating incident took place on Tuesday, February 16th, sometime close to 6:45 in the evening. At this time, say the reports from the Florida Highway Patrol, the 15-year-old had put on a pair of rollerblades and was enjoying an outing along a road close to Ormond Beach. The reports stated that the person had reached a spot of Ocean Shore Boulevard that was close to the intersection of this road and Buttenheim Drive, only a short way east of the popular Michael Crotty Bicentennial Park.
The teenager reached the intersection and began to cross the street. In this area, a marked pedestrian zone provides visibility for people on foot, a safety feature that is supposed to prevent accidents like the one that followed.
At the same time as the 15-year-old was crossing the street, a 61-year-old individual was behind the wheel of a 2000 Mercury Marquis, traveling down Ocean Shore Boulevard. The reports did not clearly indicate if the driver had a green light at the time, but the reports made clear that the right-of-way belonged to the pedestrian. Whether the driver failed to see the 15-year-old skating or if they believed that the pedestrian was not close enough to the roadway for an accident to take place remains subject to investigation, but what is clear is that the driver failed to stop or slow down while passing through the intersection, over the crosswalk, and in doing so, crashed their car into the 15-year-old while still traveling at a high rate of speed.
The injuries that the young person sustained as a result of the crash were severe. When paramedics and EMTs reached the area, there was nothing that they could do for the young person, and the emergency medical responders pronounced her dead at the scene.
A full investigation into the crash remains in process as the Florida Highway Patrol attempts to discover just what caused the 61-year-old driver to fail to notice the pedestrian.
It is believed that the driver remained at the crash site and is cooperating with the police investigation at this time.
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.