UCF Senior in Serious Condition Following Orlando Hit-and-Run
The family of a senior enrolled at the University of Central Florida is undergoing the fiercest torment of their lives right now as their child remains in serious condition following a hit-and-run that took place at the intersection of Napiers Circle and Pasteur Drive on Saturday, June 22nd. According to reports from various news agencies as well as from the official investigators working on the incident, the crash took place close to UCF at some unspecified time on Saturday morning.
Shortly before the collision between the car and the pedestrian, the driver of the car was involved in a first hit-and-run that took place along Mendel Drive. It was not clear if anyone was injured this first collision, but the driver of a black Acura had driven away before authorities could be reached. It was during this period of time that the Acura reached the intersection of Napiers Circle and Pasteur Drive.
It is not clear if the pedestrian was in a crosswalk, if they had just left the sidewalk, or what exactly their location was when the incident occurred. What we do know is that the Acura struck the pedestrian and then continued to travel down the road. The police who responded to the reports of the hit-and-run searched the area, quickly locating the vehicle due to its signs of damage as well as clear blood marks on the car. When the car was discovered, it was parked at 11850 University Boulevard. It is believed that the driver of this car, a 25-year-old individual, was sleeping behind the wheel.
The police who responded to the incident said that the 25-year-old had bloodshot and glassy eyes and that he failed the field sobriety tests that were administered to him. While this may be the case, it is also true that the breathalyzer test that this individual agreed to take showed him at .000, meaning that there was no alcohol in his blood at that time. This has led the investigations to suspect that drugs were involved, although they have yet to release the reports of a toxicology exam that was administered.
At the time of this writing, the student is in a coma. Doctors have reportedly told the family that her survival is unlikely. If this happens, the incident will become a homicide. It is not clear if any charges have yet been presented to the 25-year-old individual.
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.
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