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July 23, 2018

An incident that took place in the city of Apopka on Wednesday, July 11th,  left several people, including two children, injured and in the hospital.  According to an official report by troopers with the Florida Highway patrol, several people were standing along the side of Thompson Road, waiting for a break in traffic before they began to cross the street.  The report did not indicate if the area where the individuals were looking to cross was near an intersection, but the Florida Highway Patrol did state that the individuals were not located at an intersection and were also not located at a designated crossing area like a crosswalk.

The group looking to cross the street was comprised of a 31-year-old as well as a 9-year-old and a 10-year-old.  Troopers wrote in their report that the three people waited until a certain vehicle passed and then left the shoulder of the road (it is not known if there is even a sidewalk in this area) and began to walk across the street.

It is not clear why neither of the three people—especially the 31-year-old—failed to see a Chevrolet pickup truck speeding down the road towards them, but it appears that they walked directly into the path of this truck.  The driver of the Chevrolet, a 23-year-old, told police that he did not have any chance to stop or avoid the three pedestrians, and that he struck all three of them during his attempt to avoid a collision.

Emergency response crews rushed to the area and the three people were separated; the two children, both suffering from reportedly minor injuries, were transported to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and the 31-year-old with them was transported to Florida Hospital Apopka.  It is believed that her injuries were also minor.

The driver of the truck was, as is often the case in accidents involving cars and pedestrians, not injured.  He remained at the scene of the crash during the initial investigation and we believe that he continues to offer his assistance to the investigating authorities.  As of the time of this writing it does not appear that any charges exist against any of the participants in the collision.

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