Two Pedestrians Killed, Two Injured After Two Separate Collisions on OBT
A series of events that happened within Orange County on Thursday, July 4th, resulted in the death of two pedestrians and the injury of two others. It also resulted in the arrest of one individual on charges of DUI manslaughter and driving with a suspended license as well as a currently ongoing search for another person who is wanted on charges of hit-and-run and manslaughter.
The incident that led to these circumstances took place around 3:00 on Thursday morning. At that time, a 22-year-old was driving a Dodge Durango down Orange Blossom Trail when they saw a 39-year-old man attempting to cross the road. According to the report, the 22-year-old stopped to allow the man to cross the road. Then, and for reasons that are currently unclear and under investigation, the 22-year-old made an illegal U-turn that caused her to driver over the median of OBT. It was while she was making this U-turn that the 22-year-old’s car struck the 39-year-old she had initially allowed to cross in front of her. It is not clear if the 22-year-old then attempted to flee from the scene, but we do know that she was apprehended shortly afterwards, when she collided with a building in the area.
After the the Durango struck the pedestrian, three people ran to assist the badly injured person. It was while these three people were attempting to assist the 39-year-old pedestrian that another car, a black Lexus sedan, that was traveling at an advanced rate of speed approached the area and struck all three of the people who were trying to help. One of the three, a 32-year-old, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other two were transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. One of them was reportedly in critical condition when they were admitted to the medical center.
The driver of the Durango as well as two passengers were also transported from the scene of the accident and taken to a hospital. The severity of their injuries was not indicated in the initial reports, but we do know that the authorities believe that the driver of the SUV was impaired at the time of the accident.
A search continues for the person who was driving the black Lexus.
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.