Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #14

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Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #14

I tell you, there just doesn't seem to be any type of solution to this crazy problem around here.  It seems pretty simple to me, though, when the equation is the following:

Pedestrian in the road and not in crosswalk +

Automobile in the road where they should be =

One more pedestrian death

Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #14

This one is from Volusia County, and falls under the watch of Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson and Orange City Police Chief Peter Thomas.  Let's not have this young man's passing be in vain:  use it to educate more folks- especially our children- in how to use our crosswalks as intended.

Teen Struck, Killed Crossing Road 


A 16-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed while crossing a busy road in Orange City early Thursday.

Investigators identified the victim as Brandon Vera.

"He was just an all around good kid," said Vera's sister. "He did nothing bad."

Investigators said one vehicle stopped to let the teen cross at South Volusia Avenue near Ohio Avenue, but investigators say the driver of a black SUV did not.

Officials said the black Mazda struck and killed the teen just before 7 a.m.

Witnesses were horrified.

"He was walking across the road and some person came and hit him. I just saw him fly and I couldn't believe this was happening. So I run over there I tried to take his pulse, tried to calm the lady down and I called 911," Carajae Watson said.

Investigators said the boy was not walking in a crosswalk and was propelled about 40 feet from where he was struck. The traffic light was green for motorists when the boy, dressed in dark clothing, attempted to cross the road.

"Had the person have used the cross walk, that would have probably, you know the light would have been red and they would have been lawfully crossed in the crosswalk and maybe this would have been avoided," said Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Robert Asbill.

The driver involved is Hattie Joyal, 35-year-old Deltona woman. She has not been charged in the case.

The speed limit on the road is 45 miles per hour, troopers said Joyal was traveling at under the speed limit.

Witnesses said the victim is a boy who attends University High School.

This incident marks the 17th time this school year a student in Volusia County has been hit.

Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #14



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Marge Piwowarski
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What a shame that a moment of carelessness cost the young man his life and the driver will probably never forgive herself, even though it was not her fault. 

Feb 03, 2012 02:35 PM #1
Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Marge:  Thank you for stopping by, and for your comment that's right on target.  Some have wondered why I do these posts- and I always explain that the lives the stories mention as being lost are not the only "lost" lives here.  The 14 deaths in the stories thus far carry with them 14 others whose lives will never be the same.

Feb 03, 2012 03:10 PM #2
Vern Eaton
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Pedestrians need to learn the laws.  They DO NOT have the right of way all the time.

Feb 04, 2012 10:09 AM #3
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
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Feel very bad for that family.  Lots of dumb kids out there.  (Dumb people too.)  I learned back in about 2nd grade to always look both ways and use the crosswalk. 

Feb 04, 2012 10:46 AM #4
Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
Orlando Property Manager and Realtor

Hi, Vern:  Thank you for stopping by, and for your comment.  Agreed- and it's a sad thing that more and more, family members are being reminded of this when the police make the call to them that a 120-lb loved one has been squashed by a 3,000-lb automobile.

Don't know about you, Vern- but the whole "propelled about 40 feet" thing is enough to make me use the crosswalks our tax dollars have been spent on.

Feb 05, 2012 08:18 AM #5
Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
Orlando Property Manager and Realtor

Hi, Rob:  Thank you for dropping in, and for your comment.  Same here- and I learned a long time ago that:

1) wearing headphones and crossing in the middle of the street, and

2) talking on a cell phone and crossing in the middle of the street, or

3) smoking and doing either of the above

just aren't the best of ideas...

Luckily, we both learned those lessons and we're still around to teach them to others...

Feb 05, 2012 08:23 AM #6
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