Tractor-Trailer Strikes, Kills Boy on Bicycle in Orlando, Florida
ORLANDO, FL. – According to a news story reported online at clickorlando.com,a tractor-trailer struck and killed a boy who was riding on a bicycle in Orlando, Florida. The crash happened next to an elementary school, and witnesses say the truck driver left the scene. At this time, authorities do not know if the driver was aware of the collision.*
Florida Highway Patrol says the fatal collision took place at about 2:30 p.m. on April 24 near Wetherbee Elementary School in Orlando. Troopers and ClickOrlando report that a 10-year-old boy was riding his bicycle and was hit by a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Wetherbee Road and Landstar Boulevard.
Witnesses said the boy was riding straight through the intersection, and the tractor-trailer was turning right. The middle portion of the trailer collided with the bicycle, according to the report. It is not clear how the collision happened or whether the trucker knew that it had happened. The truck driver continued on without stopping after the accident.
ClickOrlando reports the boy was transported by emergency responders to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, where he died from his injuries. His name is withheld from this story. School officials confirmed he was a student at Wetherbee Elementary and was riding his bike home from school at the time of the accident.
Florida Highway Patrol is still in the process of attempting to locate the truck driver involved. Troopers say the truck is white and has blue and black letters on the cab. The trailer it was hauling was white. Anyone with information about the truck is urged to contact Florida Highway Patrol.
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