Cocoa Police Investigate Late-January Pedestrian Death
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.
The incident took place on a Tuesday towards the end of January. The individual on foot, a Cocoa resident, was walking in or close to U.S. 1 when they decided to attempt and cross the road. It is not clear if the area where they tried to cross features any sort of pedestrian safety features such as a crosswalk. It is not clear if there were any witnesses to the incident to provide the police with information on the events.
At the time that the pedestrian was trying to cross, a 2004 Dodge Durango was approaching via the southern lanes of U.S. 1. The driver of the Durango, a 38-year-old, was approaching the intersection of Delivery Avenue and U.S. 1 when the pedestrian entered their path. The reports did not indicate if there was a traffic light in the area or anything that should have indicated to the driver of the car that a pedestrian might be nearby and to proceed with caution. It is possible that the driver failed to stop for a sign or was not paying enough attention to the roadway, but it is also possible that the pedestrian was attempting to cross in an area not meant for pedestrians. The reports around the incident do not clarify these points.
Due to the fact that so much information about the driver of the Dodge Durango is available, it seems likely that they stopped their car after striking the pedestrian and remained at the scene until the authorities showed up. The incident remains under investigation as the police working within the city of Cocoa try to answer some of the lingering questions and fully explain the events leading up to the crash that ended with the death of the 57-year-old.
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.