Crash Kills Pedestrian in Osceola County
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.
At the same time that the individual was walking across the street, a car approached the area. The car was not described in any way in the initial report, which leads us to suspect that the driver of the vehicle stopped after striking the pedestrian. If the driver had fled after the crash, the reports would have included a full description of the vehicle in an attempt to encourage civilians to help identify and locate the person responsible for the hit-and-run.
Instead, the information available simply states that after the pedestrian was struck by the car, emergency response crews rushed to the area. When they arrived, they found the pedestrian alive but in extremely critical condition. The individual was transported from the area to Osceola Regional Hospital for emergency medical care, but the injuries that they sustained as a result of the crash were too severe even for the medical teams at the hospital. According to Lt. Kim Montes, spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol, the pedestrian was declared dead sometime after arriving at the hospital.
While the incident was under investigation and while the area was being cleared of debris, one of the western travel lanes of U.S. 192 remained shut down. It is not known how much longer after the crash took place that the lane remained closed, but it is believed that it was opened sometime later that night.
Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol stayed at the crash site through 7:05 at night, possibly ensuring that all available evidence from witnesses had been gathered.
It is not believed that any charges are currently pending.
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.