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Teen Driving SUV Hits and Kills Pedestrian

Chris Russo Jul 16, 2010

Orlando, Florida.  A 17 year old driver struck and killed a pedestrian on Orange Blossom Trail.  A 55-year old man wasstanding on Orange Blossom Trail near 41st Street on the left side of the southbound lane at about 10:16 p.m.  The teend river was operating a 1996 Ford SUV.  As the 17 year old driver approached the man, she veered into the center turn lane to attempt an avoidance of the man.  The left front side of the vehicle struck the man.  The man was declared dead at the scene.  At present, the man's family has not been notified of his death.  This accident is still under investigation.  Charges are pending.

This accident involves an inexperienced driver that perhaps did not understand the rules of the road.  While the man perhaps should not have been in the roadway where he was, that does not relieve the driver of her obligation to keep a proper lookout and avoid injury or death when possible.  Perhaps there was a valid reason that the man was in the road-simply cannot tell.  However, it is the driver of a dangerous instrumentality that must take precaution to avoid injury or death when possible.  The only way that the teen driver would be relieved of liability is if the adult pedestrian darted out into the roadway and thereby made it impossible for the teen driver to avoid the collision.  This does not appear to be the case here and, therefore, this case may very well be a wrongful death under the law.  If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a car accident or there has been a death in your family from a car accident, please contact a Central Florida personal injury attorney with Moody Law to discuss your case.  Our personal injury attorneys serve greater Central Florida including Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Haines City, Davenport, or Polk County, Florida.  A consultation with one of our Central Florida personal injury attorneys is free.

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