State Road 436 | Orlando Accident & Injury Blog
Florida Highway Patrol troopers report that a 16-year-old bicyclist was struck and killed recently by up to two drivers, who both fled the scene of the accident. FHP spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Montes said the Apopka youth was struck around 8:20 p.m. one recent evening as he was attempting to cross State Road 436 east of Thompson Road. Sgt. Montes reported that witnesses saw a 2000 Ford Mustang and a 2008 Ford pickup drive away after the youth was hit. Acting on tips from witness descriptions, troopers were able to locate both vehicles shortly after the accident.
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 Orlando Sentinel reports a car hit the exterior of the Golden Corral restaurant in Altamonte Springs on State Road 434 south of State Road 436 with sufficient force to knock down one of the restaurant’s walls, injuring a husband and wife having lunch.