On Tuesday, January 14th, a pedestrian walking along Orlando’s Orange
Blossom Trail lost his life after being struck by a tractor trailer. The
victim’s name was not released, but he was identified only as a
33-year-old resident of Orlando, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The deadly accident took place just around 10:22pm near the North Park
Commerce Center near Clarcona Ocoee Road. The pedestrian was walking in
the right lane approaching the entrance to the business park. The truck
driver was identified as 44-year-old Luis Carrasquillo Rivera of Orlando.
Rivera told troopers he did not see the man walking because the area was
The critically injured pedestrian was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical
Center, where doctors pronounced him dead a short while after. The driver
of the 18-wheeler was not injured in the accident. Troopers did not release
any further details about the accident.
- A fully-loaded tractor trailer travelling at 55mph requires 300 ft. (length
of a football field) to reach a complete stop.
Driver fatigue is the leading cause of all
trucking accidents and trucking-related fatalities. Driver distraction is the second leading cause.
- Semi-trucks are involved in an average of 500,000 motor vehicle accidents
each year, according to trends recorded by the US DOT