Eustis Woman Struck and Killed While Crossing Highway 27 on Foot
On Thursday, August 2nd, a pedestrian was walking along the side of Highway 27, close Leesburg’s Northshore Drive, when they decided to attempt to cross the busy roadway. The Leesburg Police Department has issued an official statement regarding the incident in which all of the known information is disseminated. The end of the statement does indicate that the incident is still under investigation, which means that it is entirely possible that additional facts will come to light that will change this or that interpretation of the events that took place.
The pedestrian mentioned above was a 65-year-old resident of Eustis, and the time when the following event occurred was close to 1:00 in the morning. It is not clear just why she chose this particular time to cross the road and it is also not known where she was going or where she was coming from. The reports also failed to indicate if the area where the woman chose to cross features a crosswalk, although the fact that it was located along a highway and also not at an intersection suggests that the area was not pedestrian-friendly.
At the same moment that she left the side of the road and began to cross, a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado was driving down the southern lanes of Highway 27. The driver of this car was apparently unable to stop their car in time to avoid striking the pedestrian that was suddenly before them. The Chevrolet Colorado collided with the woman, inflicting fatal injuries on her.
Emergency services were called in by an unknown individual and the resulting police, EMT, and paramedic presence shut down the southern lanes of Highway 27 for a period of several hours.
No information has yet emerged from the authorities regarding whether or not any of the participants in the crash were under the influence of alcohol, and we similarly do not know if the driver of the car was operating their vehicle at excessive speeds. It appears that the driver did remain at the scene of the crash during the preliminary investigation.
At the time of this writing, the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed.
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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