OAKLAND, Fla. – Police in Oakland and Winter Garden are seeking the public’s help in tracking down a driver who they say hit and killed a 57-year-old woman crossing the street.
Investigators said Sheena Rodriguez was crossing Colonial Drive just west of Tubb Street on Sunday with her husband when she was hit by a dark-colored sedan driving west toward Clermont.
Rodriguez was taken to a local hospital where she later died, police said.
“I was really close to my mom, so it’s hard for me,” said Samantha Martin. “I haven’t even told my daughter yet.”
Martin said her father and mother were walking to a nearby convenience store when they decided to cross Colonial Drive.
“My dad said from a distance he could see that there was a car way out, and they thought they had enough time to cross the street. He felt like they didn’t slow down at all. He made it to the sidewalk, and she just didn’t.”
She said it was raining at the time.
“My dad told me that he laid down in the road with her because wherever she was laying, the water was rushing towards her body,” Martin said. “He laid in front of her to protect her, so the water wouldn’t hit her.”
Oakland police are working with the Winter Garden Police Department to investigate the incident.
The vehicle, described as an older model Nissan sedan, never stopped after hitting the victim, according to police. Investigators say the car will likely have front end damage.
Anyone with information about the vehicle or its driver are asked to call the Oakland Police Department at 407-656-9797.