The Florida Highway Patrol recently responded to a pedestrian accident that happened along State Road 436 in Orange County on Wednesday, August 8th, that resulted in the severe injury of two individuals who were on foot. It seems that these people, a 21-year-old and a 28-year-old, were both from the state of New Jersey and that they were walking along State Road 436 when they decided to cross the street.
It was shortly after 3:00 in the morning when they made this decision, and their path took them off of the sidewalk or shoulder and onto the roadway. While it is believed that the place where the couple began to cross is located at an intersection (possible the intersection between State Road 436 and University Boulevard), the reports did make clear to note that the specific area where the two were attempting to navigate from one side of the roadway to the other is not an area where a crosswalk is present.
When they began walking across the street, a 2005 Toyota, being driven by a 34-year-old man from Sanford, came down State Road 436. The driver of this car saw that they had green light at the intersection and planned to continue driving through this light. It is not clear if the driver saw the pedestrians and believed there was more space between their bodies and his car or if he simply did not notice the two people attempting to walk across the street.
The result is that the car collided with both the man and the woman, inflicting severe injuries upon them and resulting in their need to be hospitalized.
It is believed that the driver of the car remained at the scene of the incident during the preliminary investigation and that they are also continuing to cooperate with the authorities as attempts are made to uncover just what happened to cause the incident in the first place.
The statement from the Florida Highway Patrol suggested that there were no witnesses to the accident, which makes a full reconstruction of the scene somewhat difficult.
At the time of this writing, it is not known if the two pedestrians are still in the hospital or if they were able to be released.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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