A woman from Fort Pierce was killed in an accident early on the morning of Sunday, February 20 while attempting to walk across Interstate 4 in Orlando.
According to police, the 23-year-old Fort Pierce woman had been a passenger in a vehicle traveling west on the highway as the vehicle broke down at approximately 1:30 a.m. near the Sand Lake Road exit on Orlando’s south side.
The man who was driving the car also attempted to cross the highway with her. The woman was the only one hit by the Nissan Maxima heading west at the time on the highway. When responders arrived at the scene, they pronounced the woman dead of her injuries. The man and the driver of the Maxima, a 20-year-old Orlando man, were uninjured.
The Florida Highway Patrol did not release any further information about the accident in the immediate aftermath.
Crossing highways is dangerous
It is extremely dangerous to cross busy interstates on foot, especially at night in the dark when visibility is low and other vehicles are still traveling at a high rate of speed.
Pedestrians are not allowed on interstates. Exceptions may exist when breakdowns occur, but then it is the responsibility of pedestrians to make sure the way is clear if they absolutely must cross the interstate to exit the road and get assistance.
It is almost always safer for people to stay in their vehicle on the side of the road and call for a tow truck than to exit the vehicle in an attempt to get help.
If you are interested in learning more about your legal options after you’ve suffered an injury in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.