Orlando Pedestrian Hit by Semi-Truck
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 very dark.
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