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May 9, 2017

A traffic accident in Orlando on Saturday resulted in a 6-year-old girl being hospitalized.  The accident, which is still under investigation, seems to have resulted from the young child being aboard a mini-bike being driven by her mother’s boyfriend when they were hit by another car at the intersection of Rio Grande Avenue and Rose Boulevard close to 11:00 in the morning.  Of particular interest to the authorities in this instance is the mini-bike itself, which was immediately recognized as a piece of homemade equipment and therefore not legally allowed to be traveling along the roadways which it was on at the time of the incident.

There is no information yet on who built the bike or where they duo were coming from when the accident occurred.  Similarly, there is no information regarding the nature of the accident, whether it was caused by the bike breaking down, a traffic violation from the bike’s driver, a traffic violation by the other vehicle involved, or anything else.  All that the Orange County Police Department has seen fit to reveal about the current state of this investigation is that the 6-year-old girl was thrown from the mini-bike as a result of an impact.  The girl, who has not been named, was then taken to the renowned Arnold Palmer Hospital.

Her time in the hospital was brief, leading us to speculate that at least the initial prognosis is positive and that the injuries she suffered during the incident were not fatal.  What this does not mean, however, is that this young girl and her family will move past this event as though it never happened.  In many cases where injuries are experienced by individuals as a result of an automobile accident the brunt of the damage is revealed after the fact, whether it comes in the form of deeper physical and emotional trauma, unnoticed injuries, or the often crippling financial obligations caused by trips to the hospital, check-up appointments, and any therapy needed after the fact.

While this particular case seems to be working out well, the real problems will frequently manifest themselves long after the initial event has faded from memory.

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