Teen Killed in Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accident
Florida Highway Patrol troopers report that a 16-year-old bicyclist was struck and killed recently by up to two drivers, who both fled the scene of the accident. FHP spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Montes said the Apopka youth was struck around 8:20 p.m. one recent evening as he was attempting to cross State Road 436 east of Thompson Road. Sgt. Montes reported that witnesses saw a 2000 Ford Mustang and a 2008 Ford pickup drive away after the youth was hit. Acting on tips from witness descriptions, troopers were able to locate both vehicles shortly after the accident.
Troopers say that the drivers of both vehicles knew each other and both will likely face charges when troopers finish their investigation. They say that that the windshield of the Mustang had been shattered and red paint from the bicycle was also found on the car.
"The Mustang definitely hit that boy," Montes said.
Troopers were also trying to determine if the pickup had also hit the bicyclist. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Florida Hospital Apopka.
It’s no secret that streets and highways in central Florida were not built with pedestrian and bicycle safety in mind. The grim pedestrian and bicycle accident statistics from our area illustrate that area roadways were designed for motorized vehicles. Despite recent public awareness campaigns to make area roadways safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, accidents like this indicate that there is plenty of room for improvement.
Have you or a member of your family been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver? If so, you deserve aggressive and experienced legal representation by an Orlando personal injury lawyer with a proven record of success helping injured riders get the compensation they need and deserve. James O. Cunningham has been helping injured people since 1977. Call him today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) to speak with an Orlando bicycle accident attorney who handles each aspect of his clients’ cases personally.
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