Florida girl dies days after being hit by utility truck

On Dec. 11, a young girl succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead just after 5 p.m. at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. She was injured in a pedestrian accident on Dec. 2 at approximately 4:40 p.m. when she was struck by a truck from the Orlando Utilities Commission.

The accident happened at the intersection of Pershing Avenue and Wild Horse Road. The Florida Highway Patrol indicated that the crash occurred when an Orlando Utilities truck that was attempting to turn left during a green light was hit by a van. The force of the collision with the van pushed the utility truck onto the sidewalk bordering Pershing Avenue where it hit the young girl who was walking with another pedestrian.

The 53-year-old driver of the van involved in the accident suffered minor injuries. The pedestrian that was accompanying the young girl and the driver of the utility truck were reportedly not hurt. Although the 63-year-old driver of the Orlando Utilities truck was not physically injured in the accident, a representative from the Orlando Utilities Commission indicated that he was suffering from emotional distress after the incident. The spokesman also expressed condolences to the family of the young girl and indicated that such accidents are very rare for the Orlando Utilities Commission. At the time of the report, no charges have been filed but were pending, and the incident was being investigated by the FHP.

Families who have been impacted by the sudden loss of a loved one due to pedestrian accidents may be entitled to compensation for their loss. An attorney could help them with Florida law regarding the statutory limits for filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “10-year-old girl dies at hospital more than a week after truck accident“, Tiffany Walden, December 12, 2013

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