John Young Parkway
Orlando police report that a pedestrian was struck and killed recently while attempting to cross Colonial Drive near John Young Parkway. Police say that their investigation is ongoing but report that the accident occurred shortly after midnight when a grey Toyota passenger car traveling eastbound on Colonial Drive towards downtown Orlando collided with a man; age and address unknown. The victim was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries.
Kissimmee officials recently announced that they are going to build a new pedestrian bridge over a particularly busy road in order to make it safer for people who use a nearby bike trail. The bridge will be built at John Young Parkway near Columbia Avenue at the end of the bike trail, where it meets a very busy six-lane highway. The projected cost of the bridge is $8 million, but city officials say that this is a small price to pay to protect lives. Around 40,000 cars travel on this section of John Young Parkway every day. Since one side of the trail ends at this busy road, pedestrians and bicyclists often risk crossing the six lanes of traffic to get to the other side.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers report that one man was killed and another injured in a recent motorcycle accident at John Young Parkway and Blackstone Drive in Orange County. They say that a 30-year-old Kissimmee man suffered fatal injuries and a 36-year-old Orlando man was seriously injured when their motorcycles were forced off the road by a white van. The investigation is still underway, but troopers say that the two motorcycles and the van were northbound on John Young when the van’s driver attempted to move into the inside lane. The maneuver cut off the riders, forcing them into the median where they lost control of their motorcycles.