A 64-year-old Winter Springs woman was struck and killed recently in a pedestrian accident on Red Bug Lake Road. The nursing home resident was using her walker for safety and stability while walking along Red Bug Lake Road around 8:45 p.m. one recent evening when she was struck and killed by a 2000 Nissan driven by a 19-year-old Winter Springs man. Accident investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol say that the driver of the Nissan was eastbound on Red Bug Lake Road near Willa Springs Drive when his vehicle struck the victim. Troopers say that the victim was wearing dark clothing and was not in a crosswalk when she attempted to cross Red Bug Lake Road. Troopers said that they don’t expect to file charges against the driver in connection with this tragic accident. The victim was taken to Florida Hospital Altamonte, where she was pronounced dead from her injuries.
Due to the significant number of pedestrian accident deaths and injuries in Florida each year, a new group called Best Foot Forward has been formed to help make our state’s roads safer for pedestrians. The group includes civic leaders, law enforcement, Winter Park Health Foundation and MetroPlan Orlando. The initiative was announced earlier this week, and their goal is to reduce pedestrian deaths and injuries by ten percent each year for the next five years. There is an extreme need for a group such as this one due to the fact that the Orlando metro area is consistently ranked one of the most dangerous areas in the country for pedestrians. On average, two pedestrians are injured every day, and one pedestrian dies each week after being hit by a car.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a vehicle accident, call toll-free at 1-888-FLA-Auto (1-888-352-2886).
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