An Orlando boat dealer accused of operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol and causing a boating accident that killed a 20-year-old woman and injured several other people has been sentenced to spend the next six years in a Florida prison. The accident occurred on Lake Irma in east Orange County in July 2006 and fatally injured a former Amateur Athletic Union basketball star. The State Attorney’s Office reported that the 51-year-old dealer pleaded guilty to several charges in connection with the accident and received his sentence in a recent hearing.
After years of poor inspection reports, unsafe conditions and numerous incidents of residents wandering away from the facility, an Orange County nursing home has been forced to close its doors by state officials. Around 80 elderly residents who live at the AnnWay Assisted Living Facility near Forrest City Road will have to find another place to live after Florida Agency for Health Care Administration officials revoked the facility’s license.
A recent bicycle accident has claimed the life of a 52-year-old man, who was struck and killed by a SUV while riding on Old Cheney Highway near State Road 50. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) investigation is still underway, but troopers report that the man was struck by a 2002 Ford SUV driven by a 19-year-old man. Troopers say the driver was eastbound on S.R. 50 when he attempted to make a right turn onto Old Cheney Highway. The driver told troopers that he lost control of the steering wheel while making the turn and struck the bicyclist. A FHP spokesperson told reporters that charges are pending against the driver and will be announced when the investigation is complete. The bicyclist suffered massive head injuries and died at the scene of the accident.
In a move fully endorsed by Orlando personal injury lawyers, the Orlando Police Department has announced that they are adding ten specially equipped police cars to their fleet to combat drunk driving in our area. The new cars feature several different tools to detect and apprehend drunk drivers, including in-car radar systems, dashboard cameras, back seat cameras and other equipment designed for the department’s DUI Enforcement Team.
An Orlando man was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer recently in yet another Central Florida pedestrian accident. The accident occurred around 10:15 a.m. one recent morning on Interstate 4 near Polk Parkway. Florida Highway Patrol troopers say that the 26-year-old victim was standing in the eastbound lanes of I-4 when the 48-year-old driver of the semi saw him and tried to avoid striking the man. After being stuck by the semi, the man was thrown into the next lane, where he was struck by a Ford Fusion and a Ford Focus that were unable to avoid striking the victim. He was pronounced dead from his injuries at the accident scene. Troopers are still investigating the accident but say that charges are pending against the driver of the tractor-trailer.
Florida and especially the Orlando area have an extremely high rate of pedestrian accidents. Orlando’s metro area is regularly at the top of lists of U.S. cities for accidents involving pedestrians. There is an average of one pedestrian killed every week and two suffering injury every day. An initiative led by Bike Walk Central Florida has been formed in order to deal with this problem. Partners in the coalition include local government, law enforcement agencies, Orlando Health and Winter Park Health Foundation. The group is planning on reducing the amount of pedestrian deaths and injuries by ten percent each year through education, enforcement and street improvements.
Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham has seen Orange County and the rest of our state change in many ways since he began practicing law in 1977. Some changes have been for the better, and others have been decidedly for the worse. Our state’s auto accident statistics would definitely fall in the latter category. To illustrate the scope of Florida’s auto accident problems, consider the following 2010 auto accident statistics:
An accident at the I-Drive attraction at the Magical Midway Thrill Park claimed the life of a worker recently after he fell while working on the ride. The accident investigation is ongoing, but early reports state that the accident occurred around 2 p.m. while he was working on the I-Drive at the Orlando-area amusement park at 7001 International Drive. The 30-year-old victim was at around 90 feet in the air and wearing a safety harness while working on the ride when he fell, according to Battalion Chief Mark Smothers with Orange County Fire Rescue. Smothers did not know why the man fell, but he said that the man fell around six feet before being caught by the safety harness he was wearing at the time of the accident.