Two Pedestrians Injured in Orlando Hit-and-Run Accident
A hit-and-run accident that happened within the Orange County city of Orlando on Monday, November 19th, resulted in several people being hospitalized as well as units with various Orange County emergency crews tending to the crash site. According to Lt. Kim Montes, the spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol, the first reports of the incident began to reach emergency call centers shortly before 3:30 in the morning.
These calls indicated that numerous vehicles had become entangled in a crash, and when members of the Florida Highway Patrol and other first responders (including paramedics and EMTs) reached the scene, they found it to be a little more than slightly chaotic.
Apparently, the whole ordeal began after two cars stopped at a traffic light located at the intersection of Orange Blossom Trail and Wetherbee Road. This intersection lies in southern Orlando.
While these two cars were stopped, a third car entered the picture. For reasons that are not currently clear, the driver of this third car either failed to notice the stop light or was otherwise unable to halt their car in time. As a result, this car collided with at least one of the previously stopped vehicles, causing this vehicle in turn to strike the other.
In the aftermath of this three-car-crash, two people from one of the struck cars exited their vehicle. It was while these two people were standing by the wreck that a third car, a 1992 Honda Civic, reached the area. The driver of the Civic either failed to notice or did not care about the presence of the two pedestrians, and struck them almost directly after they left their vehicle. After hitting the pedestrians, the driver of the Civic fled the scene.
Police were able to locate the car in the parking lot of a Walgreens located nearby, but they have yet to release any information about its driver and it is not clear if this person has been identified and apprehended.
Both of the pedestrians were taken to Osceola Regional Medical Center, each alive but suffering from injuries that reportedly ranged from critical to severe.
Officials will update this story as it develops.
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.