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Pedestrian Hit and Killed After Bachelor Party

Chris Russo Aug 16, 2010

Orlando, Florida.  Ryan Oliver was hit and killed in a car accident on the BeachLine.  Oliver was 29 years old and had attended a bachelor party earlier in the evening.  Oliver had been drinking alcohol.  Oliver was pronounced dead at the scene.  The accident happened at approximately 4:55 a.m. when Oliver was strucking while attempting to cross the road just east of the interchange with International Drive.  Oliver was struck by Arthur Mauvais, 28, of Orlando, Florida.  No charges have been filed and the accident remains under investigation.  Oliver was from Zephyrhills, Florida.

While this tragic accident certainly has a component of fault to the pedestrian and his involvement with alcohol, these types of accidents are still oftentimes preventable by the motorist if he is paying proper attention to the roadway and reacts appropriately.  Under such circumstances, a pedestrian at night in a well lit area should be seen by the prudent motorist even if the pedestrian is not where he belongs.  As drivers, we all have to anticipate that other people will not necessarily be where they belong.  If you dissect this case, you might see that the statement that Oliver was walking in and out of traffic likely came from the motorist himself rather than independent and unbiased witnesses.  If that is the case, then the motorist cannot claim that he did not see the pedestrian until it was too late and would not have had ample opportunity to see him before the accident.  Likewise, if you saw him walking in and out of traffic, then the question must be asked of why did you then hit him?  These are all questions that need to be asked by family and loved one.  If you or a loved one has a question regarding a car accident or wrongful death claim, please contact a personal injury or wrongful death attorney in the greater Central Florida area to discuss the facts and circumstances of your case.  At Moody Law, we serve Lakeland, Bartow, Winter Haven, Haines City, Davenport, Auburndale, Ft. Meade, and Polk County, Florida.  We also handle selected cases on a statewide basis.  A consultation with one of our personal injury and wrongful death attorneys is free.

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