Florida teen hit in crosswalk, suffered severe head trauma

Getting children to school safely is a priority for many parents and some people in the general public. When a child has to cross a road to get to the bus stop, there is a chance that an accident will occur. For one Florida child, walking in a marked crosswalk to her bus stop didn’t stop an accident from happening.

The girl was crossing Waterford Chase Parkway in Orange County, Florida, when she was struck by an SUV. After interviewing 10 students who were at the scene, authorities determined that the 14-year-old girl was in the crosswalk when she was hit. They don’t consider speed to be a factor in the accident.

Residents have said that the road is dangerous. The stretch of road is commonly used by people who want to avoid State Road 50 while traveling between Avalon Park and Alafaya Trail.

The driver of the SUV was said to be emotional on the scene. He did first aid on the teen after getting out of his vehicle. He also asked for prayers for her on his Facebook page.

The girl suffered from a severe head injury. She was taken to Arnold Palmer hospital and is in stable condition.

Authorities say charges are pending in this case, but a conviction won’t help the family to deal with the expenses related to the accident. If her serious head injury included any brain trauma, she might need considerable care in the future.

Those who have suffered injuries in a similar accident may benefit from the advice of an experienced Florida personal injury attorney. Compensation may be sought for a variety of claims, including economic and non-economic damages.

Source: WFTV.com, “FHP: Orange County teen who was hit by SUV used crosswalk” No author given, Mar. 20, 2014