On Thursday, January 9th, an accident in Orlando left two pedestrians hospitalized in critical condition. A man and an 8-year-old girl were both struck by a car as they attempted to cross Semoran Boulevard near Baldwin Park, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The accident took place right around 6:35 p.m. near Century 21 Boulevard, one block south of Baldwin Park Street. Both pedestrians stepped off the median into the path of an approaching 1999 Ford. The Ford was driven by Iesha Black, age 19, of Titusville, according to investigators. The pedestrians had just finished crossing the northbound lanes safely before stepping from the median into the southbound lanes where they were hit.
The man was transported by ambulance to Orlando Regional Medical Center and the girl was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. Police identified the man as Shehan Wu of Ocoee, but did not provide his age. The 8-year-old girl is an Orlando resident and her relationship to the man was not made clear. The police did not say whether the girl’s parents had been notified.
Since the start of 2014, the Orlando and Tampa Bay metropolitan areas have experienced a total of at least five accidents involving pedestrians or bicyclists and serious bodily injury or death. Safety experts hope the trend will not continue as aggressively as the year progresses.