Young Cyclist in Serious Condition after Orange County Hit-and-Run
The Florida Highway Patrol is putting forth a tremendous amount of effort to locate and apprehend the individual who was driving a car that struck and gravely injured a 13-year-old boy in Orange County on Saturday, September 22nd. According to the reports from the FHP so far, the bicycle accident happened close to 7:30 in the evening. The 13-year-old was riding their bike along Alafaya Trail, close to Science Drive, when they decided to try and cross the street. The area where the young person wanted to cross is not connected to a crosswalk, a factor which is an important consideration in the ongoing investigation.
As they were riding from one side of the street to the other, a white car – which the FHP believes might be a Toyota – came down the road. The car collided with the young person, knocking them off of their bike, up the windshield, and over the top of the car. According to the report and to witnesses, the driver of the car did not stop or make any indication of stopping. Instead, they drove away from the scene, leaving the child’s family with devastating questions and the police searching for a potentially dangerous individual.
The young person was rushed from the scene of the crash to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. The last updates to the story indicated that the child was still at the medical center and that they were still suffering from tremendous damage to their legs, arms, and head. The current reports seem to indicate that the boy was awake several days after the initial crash in surgeries, and that he will likely survive the incident, but we remain in the dark regarding the extent of the lasting effects related to the crash.
The Florida Highway Patrol released footage from the intersection in the hopes that someone will recognize the car from the images. While the crash itself is not a part of the public footage, the camera does capture the white car, possibly with some damage done to its windshield, shortly after the collision took place. The FHP is strongly encouraging anyone who has any information in relation to this incident to come forward and offer their testimony.
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.