The investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol into a deadly hit-and-run accident that happened on the border of Orange and Lake counties this past Friday, May 17th, has taken a possible step forward after members of the Florida Highway Patrol located and towed a car featuring damage that matches that which would occur if a vehicle had collided with a pedestrian, which is exactly what happened on Friday on Old Highway 441.
Massive lane closures were still in effect heading into the mid-afternoon after a fatal collision occurred close to the intersection of U.S. 27 and Lake Louisa Road in Lake County. Current reports from the scene of the semi truck accident indicate that the crash happened after a big rig traveling down one of the two roads mentioned above overturned. It is not clear what took place to cause the driver of this truck to lose control of their vehicle.
Late in March, a devastating drunk driver accident took place in Altamonte Springs that resulted in the death of a 9-year-old child. Early in May, a 40-year-old individual was handed DUI manslaughter charges for causing this accident and its subsequent fatality.
Recently we reported on the devastating collision in Orlando that resulted in the death of a ten-year-old child on their way home from school. That accident remains under investigation, and authorities have yet to identify the driver of the semi-truck believed to be responsible for the crash. Today, we are reporting on another accident that happened this past week in Orlando that is similar to the one involving the ten-year-old child.
It was close to 5:00 in the evening on Thursday, April 25th, when police within New Smyrna Beach began to receive reports of a suspected shoplifting incident at a Bealls outlet store. Several officers responded to the report, which indicated that the suspect had already fled the store and was driving away from the area. When the officers reached the area, they found that the suspect was no longer at the shopping center, but it took a seemingly short amount of time for an officer with the New Smyrna Beach Police Department to locate the suspect as they were traveling down the 3100 block of State Road 44.
Officers working within Fernandina Beach are currently searching for an individual believed to be driving a light-colored Jeep Wrangler with a black canvas top that is responsible for an unusual hit-and-run that took place during the afternoon of Friday, April 26th. At this time (close to 4:30pm) an unnamed individual was sunbathing at Peters Point Park beach. This beach, which is located off of South Fletcher Avenue, stands in a part of Amelia Island which is unincorporated. Because of its location, it is a popular spot for locals to go and relax in the sand and the sun, which is exactly what the sunbather was doing.
Police working within the city of Tavares are currently investigating a collision that happened between a box truck and a city bus that resulted in a five-vehicle pileup on Thursday, April 11th. According to reports from the Tavares Police Department, the incident happened sometime in the afternoon, when people were beginning to make their way back from work to their homes.
Reports are just beginning to emerge from the Melbourne Police Department regarding a bicycle accident which took place within that city early on the morning of Friday, April 5th. According to these early reports, the incident in question involves a bicycle and at least one car, although the full details on what happened and how many total vehicles were involved are still not publicly available.
Police with the Leesburg Police Department are continuing to investigate a fatal pedestrian accident that happened along Pine Street on the night of Friday, March 22nd, that resulted in the death of one elderly person and the injury of another. According to the initial reports from the Leesburg Police Department, the incident began when a 60-year-old woman began crossing Pine Street close to its intersection with Knott Street. It is not clear from the reports whether or not the woman was crossing at a crosswalk or other pedestrian zone, and, if so, whether or not she had the right of way. What is clear though is that as she was walking across the road, she was struck by a 2006 Honda Sedan.
This past weekend saw the convergence of three events that habitually take place around this time of year and always lead to a sharp increase in the number of drunk driving accidents and injuries. These events are, of course, the beginning of Spring Break, the end of Bike Week, and St. Patrick’s Day. In order to hopefully cut down on the number of crashes and deaths that the mixture of celebrations can often induce, 12 different law enforcement groups throughout the Central Florida area teamed up to create what they identified as a Saturation Patrol.
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- Semi-Truck Accident:
$1.5 Million Recovery
- Van Rollover:
$1.2 Million Wrongful Death Recovery
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