A 71-year-old woman from Haines City was left in critical condition following a hit-and-run collision in Orange County on Sunday morning, as Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) authorities have confirmed to journalists.
Troopers responding to the incident reported that the accident occurred at approximately 10:53 a.m. near the crossing of Chickasaw Trail and State Road 408. According to a crash report, the victim was driving eastbound on the State Road 408 off-ramp to Chickasaw Trail in a Subaru Forester.
Situated nearby, a second vehicle allegedly drove southbound on Chickasaw Trail in the inside lane and approached the eastbound State Road 408 off-ramp at the same time. Witnesses to the incident informed investigators the Subaru ran the red traffic light at the intersection while attempting to make a left turn to travel northbound on Chickasaw Trail. As a result, it failed to negotiate this turn and collided with the unidentified vehicle, which hit its left rear, causing minor damage to the unknown vehicle’s left front.
The collision’s profound impact caused the Subaru’s driver to lose control of the steering wheel, leading the car to spin out, run off the road, strike a curb, and roll onto a nearby sidewalk. Fortunately, witnesses who came to the scene identified that the victim was still trapped inside the overturned vehicle, immediately pulling her out before it burst into flames.
FHP spokespersons said that following the collision, the other driver failed to stop and fled southbound on Chickasaw Trail. Witnesses provided the description that it was a smaller white sedan with a damaged left front headlight.
The accident remains under investigation, and anyone with information relevant to the ongoing investigation is urged to contact the FHP at 407-737-2213 OR Crimeline 1-800-423-TIPS.
It is estimated the victim was left in critical condition and transported to a nearby medical facility for emergency treatment. Official reports did not provide further information on the number of people involved in the incident or any speculation on the condition of the second driver.