Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #64

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Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #64

Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #64


It's a bit surprising that it's been so long since my last "Pedestrian Tales..." post (back in May or so)- but I can assure folks the reason behind that lies in my being busy doing other things rather than any lack of pedestrians illegally crossing the road.


There's been an increase in these jaywalking incidents over the last week or so- awesome in a bad way and devastating to far too many families.  I'll document these in this post and the following ones.  I find no joy in the loss of life involved in these incidents- I simply hope to shed light on two big problems we continue to have around here: one being the pedestrians who continue to disobey the law and suffer tragic consequences of their actions, the other being local law enforcement's lack of attention to the matter and their refusal to cite pedestrians as our law provides.


The following incident falls under the watch of Altamonte Springs Police Chief Michael McCoy and Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger.


Girl, 8, hit by pickup in Altamonte Springs in induced coma


An 8-year-old girl is in an induced coma after she was hit by a pickup truck in Seminole County.


It happened around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday at West Town Parkway and Bunnell Road, near the West Town Corners shopping plaza off State Road 434.


Police said Kaila Strucke, her father Jeremy Strucke and the family dog were crossing south on West Town Parkway in the crosswalk and did not have the right of way.


According to witnesses at the scene, police said the cars had a green light.


"The pedestrian also has due diligence to make sure that they are not crossing against traffic," said Officer Robert Pelton from the Altamonte Springs Police Department.  "In this crosswalk area, it's listed when you can and can't cross.  So with the vehicles having the green light, those pedestrians were crossing against the law and against traffic."


Police said charges will be not filed in the crash.


Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #64


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