In a major breakthrough for people fighting to increase the safety for pedestrians throughout Central Florida, the Florida House passed a bill on Monday, March 9th, that is the first step towards getting better pedestrian crossing safety features along certain roads. The bill, known as the Sophia Nelson Pedestrian Safety Act, stems directly from a tragic crosswalk accident which took place around Christmas of last year.
In an update to an ongoing story that captured the attention of many within Central Florida, an 82-year-old Cape Canaveral woman who was behind the wheel of a car when it fatally struck a 12-year-old girl will not face any charges in relation to the incident. The fatal pedestrian accident itself took place on the 22nd of December, as the 12-year-old was walking with her family close to the intersection of Ellwood Avenue and State Road A1A.
Little is currently known about a fatal auto accident that took place between a car and a pedestrian within Osceola County on Sunday, February 16th. The information currently available to the public suggests that it was sometime during the late afternoon that an individual on foot was attempting to cross the street close to the intersection of U.S. 192 and Old Vineland Road. It is not clear if the pedestrian was at the intersection when they began crossing the street or if they instead chose to try and cross where there was no intersection and, therefore, no crosswalk.
An elderly DeLand man was on foot close to the intersection of Woodland Boulevard and Wildwood Road on Monday, January 27th, when they decided to leave the shoulder or sidewalk where they were traveling at attempt to cross the street. Reports from the Florida Highway Patrol indicated that the pedestrian accident took place close to 6:50 in the evening, after the sun had set but before the deep darkness of the night had truly settled in.
Police working with the Florida Highway Patrol close to Cocoa have released a statement regarding the death of a pedestrian who was on foot and attempting to cross U.S. 1 when they were struck and killed by a car. At the time of this writing, the name of the 57-year-old victim has not been released by the authorities. It is not clear if they have been identified.
Police officers inside of Daytona Beach are working hard on a new program aimed at ensuring that the number of deaths and injuries suffered by bikers and pedestrians within their city begins to drop. According to a report from News 6, the initiative began sometime after it was revealed that Daytona Beach ranks 4th on the list of most dangerous mid-sized cities in the entire state of Florida. In an effort to increase safety for pedestrians and bikers in the area, the High-Visibility Enforcement project will focus on increasing communication to both bikers and pedestrians.
Police with the Clermont Police Department were among the first responders to reach the area of a crash between several vehicles and a pedestrian within the city of Clermont on the night of Sunday, January 5th. According to the reports issued from this organization, the incident took place sometime around 11:45 at night, close to the intersection of State Road 50 and Sandhill View Boulevard. It is not clear if the accident took place at the intersection of these two roads or if it happened elsewhere. This information is important as it can help to indicate whether or not the pedestrian was using a crosswalk – or if a crosswalk was even available – at the time of the incident.
On the afternoon of Wednesday, January 8th, a crossing guard working for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office was standing at the intersection of Avalon Road and West Colonial Drive in order to assist students from both the Tildenville Elementary School and the Lakeview Middle School in crossing the busy intersection while on their way home.
An accident involving pedestrians inside of Tampa early in December resulted in at least one individual suffering from serious injuries. Much of the events leading up to the incident remain unknown, and police working within Tampa are continuing to investigate the incident in the hopes of uncovering more information regarding the circumstances and, ultimately, the culpability of certain parties in relation to the incident.
Officials working within Seminole County have issued a report on a terrible pedestrian accident that took place within the city of Sanford and resulted in the death of an 11-year-old child. The incident that cost the young person their life happened on Saturday, November 23rd, as the child was presumably crossing the roadway. At the time of this writing, it is not known if the incident took place near to the child’s home or if the child was accompanied by any guardian. The reports only stated that the fatal encounter between the young person and the car took place at the intersection between 25th Street and Hartwell Avenue and that it was at some point during the evening of Saturday.