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April 30, 2019

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 6:00 on the morning of Monday, April 22nd, when a 23-year-old was driving their motorcycle down either Orange Blossom Trail or Kaley Avenue. At this same time, a semi dump truck was traveling down the southern lanes of Orange Blossom Trail. When the dump truck reached the intersection of OBT and Kaley Avenue, they initiated a left turn across the roadway and onto Kaley. It was as they were in the process of making this turn that the dump truck struck the 23-year-old on the motorcycle with a rear tire on the truck’s trailer.

After the collision, the truck driver continued to travel down Kaley Avenue. An individual who witnessed the incident followed the truck down the roadway and, when the truck stopped at another stop sign, told the driver that they had just struck a motorcyclist. The truck driver then returned to the scene, where EMTs and paramedics were in the process of trying to save the badly injured motorcyclist.

The 23-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital where they were placed on life support. This past Friday, four days after the accident, the family of the 23-year-old made the decision to remove this support. The young person was declared dead shortly afterwards.

At the time of this writing, it is not known if the driver of the dump truck is facing any charges. It seems highly likely that they were unaware of the accident at the time of the crash, and therefore when they left the crash site they were not attempting to flee from what they’d done. According to Lt. Kim Montes, a spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol, it is still the responsibility of drivers of large trucks to take into complete consideration the roadways around them, suggesting that the authorities are treating this situation, and the truck driver’s place in it, with a significant amount of gravity.

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