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March 14, 2018

Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol were on hand Sunday morning after they received reports of a woman being struck by a car on U.S. 192. The initial report as filed by the Florida Highway Patrol and released to local and state news agencies gives very little information on the case, but it does paint a fairly comprehensive picture of the general events as they occurred.

We know that the woman, a Kissimmee resident who was not named or described in any other way, had been riding on a bus through the early morning hours. The report did not mention whether or not this was a city bus or a bus that traveled along a larger route. It seems that the bus had reached a scheduled stop, and the woman exited the public transit vehicle. This was around 7:00 in the morning.

The place alongside of U.S. 192 where the woman had exited the bus is generally a busy stretch of road. The report did not make clear if the area featured crosswalks for pedestrians who need to go from one side of U.S. 192 to the other, and it generally did not indicate whether or not the woman was acting in a way concurrent with the pedestrian laws of this area.

We do know that she was standing on the northern end of the street and was planning on crossing to the southern end. It was at the same time as she left the curb that a van came down the western lanes of U.S. 192 and struck the woman.

It was not clear from the initial news reports on this story whether or not the individual driving the van stayed behind at the scene after striking the woman or if they attempted to flee. Because the report did not indicate that a manhunt was underway, it is safe to assume that the driver did not try to run from the scene; however, it is also possible that the report did not include this fact simply because the events had unfolded so recently and information like this was therefore not fully known.

At the time of this writing, the crash is still believed to be under investigation as the Florida Highway Patrol works with other Osceola County authorities to confirm the most important facts of the case.

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