Articles Posted in Pedestrian Accidents

On Jan. 7, 2012, a 53-year-old woman was struck and killed by a drunk driver as she was jogging along the side of the road on Siesta Key. Now, the family of the woman is suing the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, alleging that deputies had confronted the driver and two other men about their alcohol consumption at a local beach, telling them to “go home or go to jail” just before the deadly drunk driving accident.

The lead attorney for the firm representing the family in the case told the Bradenton Herald, “We believe the actions of the deputies were negligent and careless by directing these gentlemen to drive home under the influence, and, unfortunately, at the cost of my client’s life.”
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The wrongful death attorneys in Jacksonville at Farah & Farah have learned that so far in 2012, nine bicyclists and 28 pedestrians have lost their lives on Jacksonville’s roads and highways.

First Coast News cast a light on a recent pedestrian accident in which an 18-year-old woman was hit while crossing San Jose Boulevard in Mandarin. Recovering from two broken ribs, two fractures in her cheek, and a broken clavicle, she considers herself lucky to be alive.

She told First Coast that pedestrians, as well as drivers, should be more aware of their surroundings. “People need to pay more attention when they are driving and people need to pay more attention when they are crossing streets, too … you are a pedestrian, you have the right of way, but there are going to be those people who are not paying attention.”
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pedestrian.jpgA new school year has begun in Florida, and school and law enforcement officials are urging motorists to be particularly watchful for pedestrians during before- and after-school hours. Last year in Volusia County alone, twenty-seven students were hurt – and two died – in traffic accidents on their way to school.

According to the Automobile Association of America (AAA), of the 55 million children who are heading back to school, 13 percent will walk or bike. AAA says that child pedestrians are particularly vulnerable after school. Over the last decade, nearly one-third of all child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3 and 7 p.m. – that’s 1,200 children who lost their lives between 2000 and 2010.
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Two pedestrians were killed in Silver Springs when a truck veered off of East State Road 40 and plowed into them while they were standing on the sidewalk.

Witnesses told the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) that the flatbed truck, owned by Palatka Sheet Metal Inc., was heading east when it veered left, crossed over the westbound lanes, and jumped the curb. The truck then struck a man and a woman, dragged them for several yards and came to rest in the parking lot of the Relax Inn Motel, just short of the motel pool.

According to FHP troopers, the man who was driving the truck said that he was coughing so severely that he blacked out just before the Florida fatal pedestrian accident. He suffered minor injuries and was given a blood alcohol test, which is the protocol following an accident involving an injury or death.
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Florida School Bus AccidentFlorida State Senator, Oscar Brayon (D), has proposed legislation that would allow cameras to be installed on all Florida school buses. According to Brayon, bill SB 250 shouldn’t alarm privacy advocates, because it is really meant to address what he perceives as a rampant disregard for the “stop arm” law in Florida. The law requires that all vehicles stop when a stopped school bus’ lights are flashing and its stop sign is extended. The cameras, which would function much like red light cameras at intersections, would record vehicles violating the law. The violators would then be subject to a $200 fine.

By placing the cameras on the buses, Brayon is hoping to prevent serious injuries or fatalities to schoolchildren caused by pedestrian accidents in Florida. “Nowhere you’re going is so important that you should put a child’s life at risk,” he told First Coast News.
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On Christmas Eve, December 24, near Cocoa, a 44-year-old man was hit and killed by a van on U.S. 1. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reports that the collision happened at 7:50 p.m. near City Point north of State Road 528. The pedestrian was trying to cross west-to-east, according to a report in Florida Today, when he was hit by a 59-year-old driving a 2000 Dodge Caravan. The pedestrian was taken to Wuesthoff Medical Center-Rockledge but was pronounced dead. The driver of the van was not injured.

This was the second fatal crash this week in Cocoa. On Thursday night, December 22, a 49-year-old man from Melbourne was killed when he lost control of his 2002 Ford SUV on U.S. 1 north of Cocoa around 8:36 p.m., according to Florida Today. According to the report, the Explorer driver was trying to pass a slower vehicle, but instead went off the road on the right shoulder, overturned, and ended up on its left side. The man inside was hospitalized where he died. He was wearing a seat belt, according to Florida Today, but this crash is under investigation by the FHP. The 2002 model Ford is a few years before the automaker installed electronic stability control because these SUVs are notoriously unstable.
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There are still many mysteries surrounding this pedestrian and auto collision in Palm Coast, as reported by the Daytona Beach News-Journal. On Thursday, November 10, a 76-year-old Palm Coast woman was out walking her dog around 6 p.m. on the east side of Columbia Lane. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report, just north of Colechester Lane, a woman driving a Chrysler PT Cruiser north hit the woman with the right side of her vehicle “for unknown reasons”, according to the report.

An investigation is ongoing by the FHP. The car was driven by a 55-year-old woman from the Palm Coast and, according to the newspaper, she lives at the same address as that of a Flagler County School board member. Calls and emails to the home were not returned. Another report in the Sun-Sentinel says the woman is the board member’s wife.

The elderly pedestrian died Saturday, November 12 at Halifax Health Medical Center, two days short of her 77th birthday. The woman was reported to be an active walker who was in good health.
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A 47-year-old man was hit by a vehicle while crossing a Jacksonville street Tuesday, October 11 and is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. According to the Channel 4 website, the man was trying to cross Penman Road at Marvone Lane around 6:40 a.m. when he was hit. The Neptune Beach man was transported to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center where relatives say he is in a coma.

The driver says he did not see the man in time to stop because of foggy road conditions.

Other witnesses who say they were in the area at the same time say there was no fog.
Fortunately, the driver did stop and alert law enforcement which is required by Florida law.
Let’s all pray that this pedestrian recovers from his injuries.
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A 14-year-old boy is in serious condition after he was crossing a street on his way to school and was hit by a car being driven by a teacher. The boy is a student at University High School in Orange City and he was hit about 6:45 a.m. as he crossed Rhode Island Avenue at Carpenter Avenue with another student. He was airlifted from the scene to a hospital. The 48-year-old driver from Palm Coast was driving west on Rhode Island. She is listed as a “non-core” teacher at the high school and was cited by the Florida Highway Patrol for violating a pedestrian’s right of way.

The pedestrian crash in Orange City was described as low-impact.

Pedestrian Accidents
While roadway accidents involving vehicles are on a decline nationwide, pedestrian accidents still account for about 12% of all roadway deaths – 4,092 according to the Governors Highway Safety Association in 2009.
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According to a story in The Orlando Sentinel, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) on Thursday, July 14th, arrested a repeat traffic offender for a crash last November that killed a 15-year-old walking to his school bus stop in Orange County. The teen and his brother were on Valencia College Lane in the eastern part of the county, when a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am swerved off the road and hit the teens. The driver took off and left the boys bleeding in a ditch. The 15-year-old was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children but died after being taken off life support. His brother survived.

The 30-year-old man who left the scene of the Florida pedestrian accident was questioned nine hours later after the FHP put out an alert and a retired firefighter saw a badly damaged Grand Am in a Publix parking lot. Police questioned the driver when he left the store and took a blood sample but since so much time had elapsed no intoxicants were found in his blood. The man was arrested and booked into the Orange County jail, although WFTV does not say what the new evidence was that led to his arrest.
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