One Pedestrian Killed, Two Injured in Marion County Pickup Truck Crash
A collision between a pickup truck and several pedestrians who were in the process of examining a flat tire resulted in one fatality and two sets of injuries for the pedestrians involved. Reports from the Florida Highway Patrol indicated that the incident took place on the night of Thursday, June 11th, sometime around 8:50 in the evening, while motorists were traveling down County Road 475 within the city of Summerfield.
Prior to the incident, four individuals had been traveling down the same road when their car suffered from a flat tire. It is not clear exactly how the flat tire occurred, but the reports indicated that once the car became disabled, the driver pulled over. The driver and the three passengers, one of whom was a 9-year-old, then exited the vehicle and began to examine the flat tire prior to either changing it or calling for roadside assistance.
Before they could do either, a pickup truck being driven by a 32-year-old Summerfield resident approached the area via the northern lanes of County Road 475. It is not clear if the driver of the pickup truck failed to see the three pedestrians standing near the side of the road. It is also not clear if the three were in the roadway itself or if they were well off on the shoulder. Regardless, it is necessary to learn just why the driver of the pickup truck failed to avoid three of the pedestrians, colliding with all of them while still traveling at an advanced rate of speed.
The impact with the speeding pickup was undeniably devastating. One of the individuals, a 31-year-old, was fatally injured by the crash. By the time paramedics reached this person, there was nothing that could be done for them and they were declared dead at the scene. Two of the other passengers, including the 9-year-old, were also injured in the crash. Their injuries were not fatal, although they were severe. Both were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The fourth pedestrian was not injured in the incident. The driver of the pickup truck was also not injured in the incident. It is not clear if they are facing any charges 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.