Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #42

Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #43

Crash on Semoran Boulevard kills pedestrian

Well, here we go again… After a bit of a break in our string of local, preventable pedestrian traffic deaths, 2013 is off to a roaring start. This Tale is a rarity, though- as someone was actually crossing the street in a crosswalk at the time of their death. Sadly for his family, however, this is a case of “right place, wrong time” in that he chose not to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic- and he crossed by walking directly into the path of that traffic.

The result here was tragically predictable. If there were any sort of effort toward enforcing our pedestrian traffic laws, folks would be far more likely to 1) cross streets in crosswalks, 2) cross only when they have the green light/right of way and 3) live. This is another death coming under the less-than-watchful eyes of Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger and Casselberry Police Chief William McNeil.

May God bless Mr. Figueroa’s family in this tough time, and may He provide ongoing comfort and counsel to Messrs Carson and Davila as time goes on.

Susan Jacobson and Arelis Hernández, Orlando Sentinel

A Casselberry pedestrian was killed Wednesday night after he was struck by two cars while trying to cross Semoran Boulevard, traffic authorities said.

Eliazer Figueroa, 49, of Casselbery was in the crosswalk of the northbound shoulder about 10:45 p.m. when he started across the road as oncoming traffic sped through the intersection at Hanging Moss Road with a green light, said Trooper Wanda Diaz, an FHP spokeswoman.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Robert Carson, 20, was headed southbound in his Honda Civic when he spotted Figueroa but couldn’t avoid striking him. He suffered minor injuries, Diaz said. Carson swerved to the left and Figueroa landed in the outside lane in the path of 25-year-old Dennison Davila’s Cadillac Massey.

Davila struck the victim a second time and the vehicle ended up on the paved shoulder. The crash shut down the intersection for more than an hour. Troopers are still investigating the crash.

Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #43


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