2 teen girls walking to school struck by SUV in Orange County, FHP says

Victims taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando

File photo of Florida Highway Patrol cruiser
File photo of Florida Highway Patrol cruiser (WJXT 2020)

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Two 14-year-old girls were struck by a sport utility vehicle while crossing a road Tuesday morning in Orange County on their way to school, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The crash happened around 6:55 a.m. on Goldenrod Road at Valencia College Lane.

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The FHP said the girls, whose ages have not been released, were hit by a 2021 Ford Bronco driven by a 59-year-old woman who was traveling north on Goldenrod.

The victims were taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital in stable condition, the FHP said.

The driver told troopers that the girls “darted out in front of her,” but the FHP said troopers have not yet spoken to the girls. It’s not known if the girls were in a crosswalk, the FHP said.

Orange County Public School officials said the victims were students walking to Colonial High School when they were hit.

Colonial High School families received a recorded message Tuesday from Principal Hector Maestre. According to Maestre, both teens were 9th-grade students.

The crash remains under investigation.

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