The tragedy that unfolded in Downtown Orlando this morning, when a woman fell from the overpass of I-4 onto Garland Avenue, has renewed concerns from law enforcement and emergency first responders about what people should do if and when they are involved in a car accident
. In this particular case, an accident occurred on Interstate 4, a woman got out of her car, and another car, traveling at speeds arguably appropriate to the downtown zones, struck her where she was standing.
Orlando Police Sgt. David Baker was at the scene and had this to say:
Under Florida state law, if your vehicle is operable, you’re required to remove your vehicle from the roadway. It’s unlawful to stay on the roadway if your vehicle is operable. Move your vehicles off the roadway, even if you have to coordinate with the other drivers… You don’t necessarily have to leave your cars on scene for the police officers to figure out what happened. We can look at damage to vehicles, we can talk to drivers, we can talk to witnesses, we can figure out what happened. So you don’t need to leave your cars on the roadway in order for us to investigate our crash. It creates a dangerous hazard, as unfortunately we’ve seen by today’s incident.
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