Woman and Dog Killed in Deadly Hit-and-Run Crash in Orange County
Authorities with the Florida Highway Patrol operating within Orange County are currently working to determine the cause of a bizarre hit-and-run pedestrian accident that occurred early Friday morning along John Young Parkway close to Hunter’s Creek Boulevard which claimed the life of a woman and her beloved dog.
According to responding troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol, it was approximately 6:05 a.m. on June 4th, 2021, when Orange County 9-1-1 operators dispatched the proper authorities to the highly-trafficked intersection of Hunter’s Creek Boulevard and North John Young Parkway just south of State Road 417 in regards to a hit-and-run accident with possible pedestrian fatalities.
Detailed crash reports from on-duty officers with the FHP indicate that a yet-to-be-named individual was walking her dog in the northern direction of John Young Parkway when she attempted to cross the busy street (against the flow of traffic) within the designated crosswalk area for pedestrians. At this same time, a dark sports utility vehicle entered the vicinity and collided with the woman and her small dog, then fled the scene of the accident.
“She’s run over by a darker colored SUV larger type vehicle – we don’t know what kind of vehicle this is — in the center lane and thrown towards the inside left lane where she comes to rest. Unfortunately, her small terrier-type dog that she was walking on a leash did not survive either,” stated Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Kim Montes in a press release.
Initially, officers believed the vehicle of interest to be a white sedan, due to the fact that a similar color bumper was left behind at the scene of the accident. However, after they were able to review local traffic and surveillance cameras in the area, the Florida Highway Patrol determined that the victim was first hit by a darker colored SUV-shaped vehicle and then possibly struck by another white car, although it does not appear that the second sedan was the primary instigator of the collision.
At this time, law enforcement is still conducting their investigation into this fatal collision, and are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the driver of the SUV, as well as the make and model of the alleged offending vehicle. Anyone with relevant information is asked to contact Florida’s Crimeline, or call the FHP directly at 407-737-2213 to submit your tips.
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