If you are a pedestrian on foot in Florida, your chances of being killed in a deadly accident are higher than anywhere else in the country. According to statistics, nine of twenty of the deadliest U.S. cities for pedestrians are in Florida. Between 2008 and 2017 the overall number of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. increased by 35.7%. Nationally, there are 1.55 deaths per 100,000. Compare that to Florida’s rate of 2.73 deaths per 100,000. Orlando was ranked as the least safe city for pedestrians, with 656 deaths over the 10-year period between 2008 and 2017.
Click Orlando reports that an Orange County deputy was struck by a car and seriously injured near Windermere.
The incident happened at about 4:30 a.m. near the intersection of South Apopka Vineland and Conroy Windermere Roads.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, an Orange County Deputy was clearing a sign from the road after a traffic accident. A second deputy arrived and exited his vehicle. Troopers stated that the second deputy was struck by a 2007 Ford Focus.
He suffered from a broken arm, a broken leg, and a head injury. The deputy’s name was not released, but he was identified as a 29-year-old from Orlando. He was taken to a hospital and will need to undergo surgery, but he will recover.
The driver of the Ford Focus was a 30-year-old Orlando woman. She stayed on scene and submitted to a blood test, but intoxication is not suspected.
Charges are pending against the female driver.