Orange County Pedestrian Killed During Early Morning Hit-and-Run Accident
Local Florida Highway Patrol officials are putting forth their best search efforts in order to find an individual who was behind the wheel of a green 2009 Dodge Challenger that struck and killed a pedestrian early Saturday morning along Pine Hills Road near North Lane Road in Orange County.
According to the preliminary collision reports from the first responders with the Florida Highway Patrol, it was approximately 5:30 a.m. on October 16, 2021, when a pedestrian, whose name has yet to be released to the public, was attempting to walk along the designated crosswalk in the westbound direction across Pine Hills Road. At this same time, an unidentified driver in a green 2009 Dodge Challenger was traveling north on the same road heading toward the green traffic light governing the street’s intersection with North Lane Road. Although the red pedestrian safety signal was illuminated, the walker stepped out onto the roadway and into the direct path of the oncoming sports car, which crashed into them with the front passenger’s side of their vehicle and immediately fled the scene.
Orange County emergency response teams and troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol arrived at the site of the accident as soon as they received notification from 9-1-1 dispatchers and quickly discovered that the badly injured pedestrian required immediate medical attention. They proceeded to temporarily stabilize the car crash victim for transport and rushed them to a local hospital for further treatment. Sources indicate that the severely injured pedestrian battled to remain alive, however, their traumatic life-threatening injuries were far too serious to recover from and they passed away soon after arriving at the facility.
It is unclear exactly how long Orange County deputies were searching for the damaged Dodge Challenger, but the sports car was eventually spotted by a keen-eyed officer in Apopka and was taken into possession by the Florida Highway Patrol for further examination. At the time of this publication, authorities have yet to apprehend the driver of the vehicle.
If you believe that you have relevant information regarding this truly tragic hit-and-run collision, please contact your local police department, the state’s Crimeline, or the Florida Highway Patrol investigators at 407-737-2213.
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.