Oakland and Winter Garden Police Search for Fatal Hit-and-Run Driver
On Sunday, February 16th, a 57-year-old woman was walking with her husband along the side of Colonial Drive when the couple decided to try and cross the street. At the time of this writing, statements from both the Oakland Police Department and the Winter Garden Police Department provide us with the bulk of the information that we have around the fatal hit-and-run accident, which happened at an unspecified time on Sunday.
The 57-year-old and her husband had been walking along Colonial Drive for an unspecified amount of time when they began to try and cross. It was reported that the couple had reached an area of Colonial Drive that lies just to the west of Tubb Street. The reports did not state that the area where the crossing was attempted had a crosswalk, and it is possible that the couple was attempting to cross at a spot along the roadway that is not meant for pedestrians to enter. It is not known if this part of Colonial Drive even has a sidewalk, and many of the major roads throughout Central Florida lack any such pedestrian safety features.
At the same time as the couple began crossing the road, a dark colored sedan approached the area. The sedan was traveling in the westbound lanes, towards Clermont, when it reached the area where the couple was walking. For reasons that are not clear, the driver of the car either failed to see the two pedestrians or perhaps didn’t realize how close their car was to the couple. As a result, the sedan struck the 57-year-old, knocking her to the ground and causing her to suffer from severe injuries.
After hitting the pedestrian, the driver of the car did not stop. Reports from witnesses say that the driver did not even slow down. Instead, they sped away from the scene. Police with both the Oakland and Winter Garden Police Departments are now working together to identify and locate the driver responsible for the accident.
Emergency response crews rushed to the scene following the incident, and the 57-year-old was taken from the area to a nearby hospital. It was reported that the individual was declared dead sometime after arriving at the medical center.
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.