Crash Between Car and Pedestrian in Orange County Results in Fatality
Pedestrian accidents are more often fatal than any other type of car-related crash. Not surprisingly, the pedestrians, being the most vulnerable, are the ones to suffer severe, often fatal injuries. Drivers of the cars usually escape pedestrian accidents without physical injuries, although the psychological effects of being behind the wheel of a car that fatally strikes a pedestrian should not be played down. Because of the outsized power wielded by the drivers of cars, it is vitally important that they be vigilant while on the road and around pedestrians, regardless of whether or not a crosswalk is in the area.
Early on the morning of Thursday, September 10th, a 49-year-old Orlando resident was walking along the southern edge of Sand Lake Road within Orange County. The person in question might have been walking on a sidewalk or on the road’s shoulder before the incident took place, but in the moments leading up to their fatal encounter with a car, the 49-year-old left the sidewalk and began to walk across the road itself. Close to where Sand Lake Road intersects with Orange Blossom Trail, the pedestrian left the shoulder or sidewalk and began to walk across the road. The area where the pedestrian was crossing features no crosswalk or other form of pedestrian protection.
At the time when the 49-year-old was within the roadway, a 50-year-old Orlando resident came down the western lanes of Sand Lake Road. The report indicates that the pedestrian, apparently without seeing the approaching vehicle, walked directly into the path of the car racing towards them. For their part, the driver of the car was seemingly unable to avoid the pedestrian, if they even noticed them at all. Due to the severity of the injuries suffered by the pedestrian after the crash, it seems clear that the driver of the car either didn’t slow down before the impact or had just begun to apply pressure to their breaks when the car struck the person on foot.
Emergency response crews rushed to the area to treat the badly injured pedestrian. The driver of the car, as is usually the case, was not injured and required no medical attention. It is believed that the severity of the pedestrian’s injuries were too extreme for her to survive much longer after the crash took place. They were declared dead at the scene of the crash.
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.