Orange Blossom Trail
A spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol recently announced that they have made an arrest in connection with a fatal hit-and-run bicycle accident that occurred on Sept. 22, 2012, near Apopka. The suspect, 24-year-old Ryan Scott Peterson, turned himself in to troopers recently and faces multiple charges, including leaving the scene of an accident causing death. He is charged with causing the death of a 31-year-old bicyclist, who was found on the shoulder of Orange Blossom Trail around 8 a.m. on Sept. 22. Troopers say that the victim had been struck and killed hours earlier while riding along OBT.
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers are looking for the public’s assistance in finding the driver they think is responsible for a recent fatal hit-and-run accident on Interstate 4 in Orlando. The crash claimed the life of a 61-year-old Kissimmee man, who was driving to work at Lake Eola Charter School, where he taught history and social studies. FHP troopers report that the man suffered fatal injuries when he lost control of his 2008 Hyundai, which left the roadway and struck a palm tree in the median around 6:22 a.m. near Orange Blossom Trail.
While the Best Foot Forward campaign launched last summer has made some progress, a recent study conducted by MetroPlan Orlando indicates that much work remains in order to make Orlando roadways safer for pedestrians. Area law enforcement officials and pedestrian safety advocates launched the campaign in response to the Orlando metropolitan area’s reputation as being the most dangerous place in the country for pedestrians. High-profile signage and police stings at pedestrian crosswalks has had some impact on getting drivers to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, especially at intersections where the speed limit is 35 mph or less.
The Florida Highway Patrol reports that a 56-year-old Wilton Manors woman was recently struck and killed recently while trying to cross Orange Blossom Trail south of Orlando. Troopers say that the victim was attempting to cross the northbound lanes of Orange Blossom Trail near Whisper Lakes Boulevard about 9:45 p.m. when she walked into the path of a Nissan Xterra driven by an 18-year-old Orlando woman. Troopers say the driver of the Nissan had no time to avoid striking the pedestrian, and while their investigation is still ongoing, troopers report that they don’t expect to press charges against the driver. The victim was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where she died from her injuries shortly after arrival.
An Orange County crossing guard was struck by a car and injured one recent morning while on the job at 39th Street and Orange Blossom Trail. Florida Highway Patrol officers investigating the incident say that the accident occurred on the morning of October 25 when the 60-year-old crossing guard was struck and injured by a car driven by a 24-year-old Orlando man who was making a left turn onto Orange Blossom Trail. Officers say children were crossing the street when the accident occurred, and witnesses say that when the woman saw the car heading toward the crosswalk, she put up her hands to protect the children. She fell to the pavement after impact and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment for undisclosed injuries. Charges are pending against the driver of the car.