Fatal crash closes W. Colonial Drive

Fatal crash closes W. Colonial Drive

There are 80 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Feb 26, 2009, titled Fatal crash closes W. Colonial Drive. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

W. Colonial Drive at Hiawassee Road is closed until 6:30 a.m. while troopers investigate a traffic fatality, records show.

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local

Sanford, FL

#2 Feb 26, 2009
Dear God!
Grouchy Conservative

Brooksville, FL

#5 Feb 26, 2009
Jaywalking?
At 3am on West Colonial you'd best be in a well lit crosswalk going with the signal.
from here

Alexandria, LA

#6 Feb 26, 2009
i can't believe the young gal (that initially hit him) actually stopped. Thank you to her. seems like this place breeds cowherds who hit and run.
Chris

United States

#9 Feb 26, 2009
I'm not sure if driving over a body, already struck by a car and lying in the road, would register to the semi-driver as nothing more than a rough patch of road. If the semi driver didn't actually SEE the pedestrian, then its quite possible the driver didn't even know anything happened.

“Life is for Living...”

Since: Nov 08

Orlando

#11 Feb 26, 2009
How horrific! Knowing how people drive on Colonial I'd say the Semi was speeding and probably didn't even see the guy in the roadway. I hope he reads this and calls authorities before they track him (or her) down. I can't imagine how the lady in the Altima must feel. Very sad.
Jamal

Oviedo, FL

#12 Feb 26, 2009
The semi driver probably never knew that he hit anyone.
Orlando Native

Oviedo, FL

#14 Feb 26, 2009
What a horrible thing for the Nissan driver to have to witness. I agree, the semi driver probably didn't even know he hit anything; that stretch SR50 is in extremely poor condition, plus it was pitch-black at that time of night/morning. It amazes me that people apparently do not understand how basically "invisible" they are when they dart out into traffic like that. They may see the car, but it is not a given that the car's driver will see you.
kbinva

Washington, DC

#15 Feb 26, 2009
Jamal wrote:
The semi driver probably never knew that he hit anyone.
I was thinking the same thing.
Scott

Fort Myers, FL

#16 Feb 26, 2009
Sucks to hear this. They make cross walks for a reason. He paid for his mistake.

Good luck finding the semi-driver. I'm sure he has already dropped his trailer off where it needed to go and has picked up another.

He may not have even knew he hit someone.
USMarineCorp182

San Antonio, TX

#17 Feb 26, 2009
Jamal wrote:
The semi driver probably never knew that he hit anyone.
exactly, I was involved in an accident with a semi that clipped my truck. He kept driving and legitimately had no idea he struck my vehicle..due to it being a side swipe. He wasnt running, he wasnt disrespectful, once informed he immediately pulled over. There is no resistance from a human head on a vehicle that size.....and what the HELL was this guy doing in the road in the first place....
Orlando Homegrown

Orlando, FL

#22 Feb 26, 2009
sorry, just another one of those typos, I meant "decapitation"
Chris

New Smyrna Beach, FL

#25 Feb 26, 2009
I was eating at the waffle house on the corner when this incident occurred. People were coming in saying someone was lying in the road so I went out thinking the victim might need CPR (I'm certified). The scene was horrific. For the record, the area was fairly well lit but the man was wearing a black jacket. I hope I never witness anything like that again.
JackaMocha

Athens, TN

#26 Feb 26, 2009
That is STAR Transportation, a freight outfit. They have a terminal in Orlando. This should be easy to solve.
JackaMocha

Athens, TN

#27 Feb 26, 2009
from here wrote:
i can't believe the young gal (that initially hit him) actually stopped. Thank you to her. seems like this place breeds cowherds who hit and run.
Yeah...It's those COWHERDS that really worry me. They'll chase you down and MOO you to death!

“Semper ubi sub ubi ”

Since: Aug 08

Pulaski, Virginia

#30 Feb 26, 2009
from here wrote:
i can't believe the young gal (that initially hit him) actually stopped. Thank you to her. seems like this place breeds cowherds who hit and run.
Oh don't think that way...that you cannot believe it. Be more of the mind it's plain sad so many do drive away as if they've run over a carcass rather than a fellow human being that others love.

True, it was good she stopped as it showed we still have people with character, but I cannot imagine what she witnessed.
Maxfield

Plymouth, MN

#33 Feb 26, 2009
This is just horrible.
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#34 Feb 26, 2009
Chris wrote:
I was eating at the waffle house on the corner when this incident occurred. People were coming in saying someone was lying in the road so I went out thinking the victim might need CPR (I'm certified). The scene was horrific. For the record, the area was fairly well lit but the man was wearing a black jacket. I hope I never witness anything like that again.
I was a volunteer EMT/firefighter for several years, and you're right, it's nothing that anyone wants to see. My sympathies to the victims family AND to the driver of the car who had to see what happened after she pulled over.
Vicarious

Apopka, FL

#35 Feb 26, 2009
Imagine trying to tell the next of kin. How awful.
Sawgrass Wilson

Charlottesville, VA

#37 Feb 26, 2009
Jamal wrote:
The semi driver probably never knew that he hit anyone.
Probably not. Many of them are "high" or partly asleep.
Detroit Fan

Orlando, FL

#38 Feb 26, 2009
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla.-- A man was killed after being hit by a car then by a semi and nearly decapitated early Thursday morning on West Colonial Drive and Hiawassee Road (see map) in Orange County.

The victim was hit by a car while walking across West Colonial Drive. The FHP took measurements around the body and used flashlights to look for traces of skid marks, which helps determine if the drivers tried to slow down.

REPORTS show that cadaver was NEARLY decapitated. Way to hook line and sinker us Slantinel. Disgusting either way.

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