Orlando Woman Struck and Killed in Hit-and-Run on OBT
Members of the Florida Highway Patrol in Orange County reported on a pedestrian accident that happened early on the morning of Monday, May 27th, and resulted in the death of one 62-year-old woman from Orlando. While the incident remains under investigation, the reports that have emerged so far indicate that it happened sometime around 1:15 in the morning, at the intersection of Orange Blossom Trail and 40th Street.
The 62-year-old was on foot when the accident took place. She had been walking along Orange Blossom Trail when she decided to try and cross the road. It is not clear if she was close enough to the intersection to use the crosswalk, or even if the intersection of OBT and 40th Street has a pedestrian crossing area, but the reports did state that when she chose to cross the street she was not inside of a crosswalk. What is also clear is that shortly after 1:15, as the woman was crossing the road, she was struck by a car.
The car in question was a black Chevrolet sport utility car, and after the driver of this car struck the woman, they hit the gas and sped away from the area. Witnesses to the incident described it as possessing a Florida Gators decal on its back side, although that does little to narrow down the pool from which the investigators are trying to discover the vehicle in question.
It is not clear if the crash was witnessed by other pedestrians or if other drivers in the area saw the black SUV strike the 62-year-old, but someone who either saw the crash or happened upon its aftermath shortly after it took place called 9-1-1. Paramedics and EMTs were among the first responders to the event, as well as officers with the Florida Highway Patrol in Orange County. Despite the efforts of the emergency medical personnel, the injuries sustained by the 62-year-old were not treatable. She was declared dead at the scene of the crash.
At the time of this writing, the investigation into the incident remains underway. Police urge anyone who might have information into the fatal crash to come forward for the sake of the family who lost a loved one on the night in question.
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.