Stephen James Penland, 23 (Orlando Sentinel, Orange…)

A woman died early Thursday after she was hit by a motorcycle on Kirkman Road near Vineland Road.

The driver, Stephen James Penland, fled the scene, leaving the woman lying in the middle of the road, Orlando police said.

Police later identified the woman as Orlando resident Claire M. Gaeta, 52.

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Officers later found Penland, 23, near the crash site and took him to Orange County Jail.

He is charged with leaving the scene of an accident with death, vehicular homicide and driving with a suspended license.

A 911 caller alerted authorities about a body in the middle of South Kirkman Road just before 12 a.m.

The woman was transported to the Orlando Regional Medical Center and was pronounced dead about 3:30 a.m., police reported.

Penland told police he was traveling northbound on S. Kirkman Road with two other motorcycles when he saw someone crossing the street.

He said one of the other motorcycles hit the woman, and then struck his motorcycle before fleeing the scene.

“Penland advised he lost control of his motorcycle and traveled to the side of the road where he was able to stop,” an arrest report said.

Officers said Penland had blood on his clothing and his motorcycle was damaged.

The person who was riding another motorcycle with Penland told police he saw Penland hit the woman.

Other witnesses, who remained at the crash site, said they saw three motorcycles speeding on South Kirkman Road before the crash.

One witness recorded the motorcycles with his dash-mounted phone, the arrest report said.

The video shows the motorcycles stopped at a red light on South Kirkman at Vineland Road. When the light turned green, they sped off as if drag racing, police said.

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Man killed in two-vehicle crash near Mundelein

A 49-year-old Mundelein man has died from injuries he suffered in a two-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on Midlothian Road, authorities said.

Brian Martin was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 5 p.m., Lake County Deputy Coroner Orlando Portillo said. Martin appears to have died from traumatic injuries suffered in the crash, Portillo said.

A Countryside Fire Protection District ambulance responded about 4:27 p.m. to the crash on Midlothian Road just south of Wortham Drive. Martin, the driver of a four-door sedan, was taken in critical condition to Condell, Countryside Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Ed Heinz said.

Three people in a BMW SUV — a 40-year-old man, a 30-year-old woman and an 8-year-old girl — were taken to Condell with injuries that were not life-threatening, Heinz said.

The Lake County sheriff’s office is investigating the crash.

Mundelein Fire Department also responded.

Mundelein man killed in car accident

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A Mundelein man died at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville on Saturday following a crash on Midlothian Road.

Brian Martin, 49, died of multiple traumatic injuries at 5:17 p.m. after being transported to the hospital by the Countryside Fire Protection District, according to Deputy Coroner Orlando Portillo.

Countryside officials said they received a call on the two-vehicle crash on Midlothian Road south of Wortham Road near Mundelein just before 4:30 p.m.

Portillo said the cause of death was attributed to injuries from the accident and that no autopsy was planned, but toxicology tests are being conducted.

According to Sgt. Sara Balmes of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the crash, reports indicate that Martin lost control of his car, which was then struck by another vehicle.

Three occupants of the second vehicle were treated at Condell following the accident, but none of the injuries were life-threatening, Balmes said.

FHP: Hit-and-run driver sought in death of Kissimmee man

A 65-year-old man was killed by a hit-and-run driver Sunday morning in Kissimmee.

The victim’s name has not yet been released, pending notification of next of kin, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The man, a Kissimmee resident, was apparently lying in the shoulder of Orange Blossom Trail just north of Carroll Street when he was struck by a vehicle shortly after 8 a.m.

He died at the scene, FHP said. The results of a blood-alcohol test on the victim are pending.

Troopers are looking for a dark green vehicle that may be missing its passenger-side mirror and may have damage to its right front end.

Anyone with information about the vehicle is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS or the Florida Highway Patrol at 407-737-2213. The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending, FHP said.

The crash comes as state legislators are weighing whether to mandate tougher sentences for drivers who flee the scene of traffic fatalities.

A House committee earlier this month approved a bill that would impose a four-year minimum prison term for hit-and-run drivers.

Under the provisions of the bill, convicted hit-and-run drivers would also have their licenses suspended for at least three years. Backers say that under current law, drunken hit-and-run drivers face less punishment for fleeing than they would for remaining at the scene.

The bill is known as the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act, after a Miami cyclist killed in 2012. If approved, it would take effect in July.

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22 year-old Fla. man killed in ATV crash

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) – Authorities are investigating after an ATV crash in central Florida left one man dead and another seriously injured.

Florida Highway Patrol officials say the driver was speeding Friday night and struck a pole, ejecting himself and his passenger. It’s unclear who was driving the ATV at the time of the crash. Twenty-two year-old Daniel Huffman, of Oviedo, died and 23-year-old Wayne Badertecher is in critical condition.

Authorities are investigating whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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1 dead, 1 hurt in ATV accident

AND OVERNIGHT, STORMS MAY BE FAR — MAY NOT BE FAR BEHIND. WE BEGIN WITH BREAKING NEWS AT THIS LATE HOUR. ONE PERSON IS KILLED, ANOTHER BADLY HURT IN AN ATV ACCIDENT IN SEMINOLE COUNTY. GOOD EVENING, AND THANKS FOR JOINING US AT THIS LATE HOUR. I’M ERIC SANDOVAL IN FOR MATT. I’M LAUREN ROWE. IT ALL HAPPENED JUST A SHORT TIME AGO IN THE AREA OF EAST FIRST STREET IN CHILIODA, NOT FAR FROM CADDIE ROAD 419. LAUREN, A VERY TOUGH SITUATION HERE. EMERGENCY CREWS, AS WELL AS INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL HERE AT THE SCENE. VERY DISTRAUGHT FAMILY MEMBERS WERE HERE FOR QUITE SOME TIME AS WELL. THE WRECK HAPPENED RIGHT DOWN AT THE END OF THE ROAD HERE. YOU CAN SEE THAT THE FOUR WHEELER WAS ACTUALLY UPSIDE DOWN IN THE TREE LINE. WITNESSES TOLD US HE WAS CARRYING TWO MEN WHEN IT WAS GOING PRETTY FAST DOWN THIS ROAD, HIT THE SIGN, FLIPPED AND THEN THREW BOTH OF THE PASSENGERS INTO THE TREES. NOW, ONE NEIGHBOR WE TALKED TO, DAVID SMITH, ASKED THEM TO SLOW DOWN EARLIER IN THE NIGHT. ABOUT AN HOUR LATER, HE SAID HE SAW THEM RIDING DOWN THE ROAD AGAIN, LOSE CONTROL AND CRASH INTO THE TREES AT THE END OF THE ROAD. SEEMED TO BE LIKE THEY WERE JUST HAVING FUN AND THEY DIDN’T REALIZE THAT THE END OF THE ROAD WAS AS CLOSE AS IT WAS. THEY RAN INTO A SIGN OVER HERE AND THE FOUR WHEELER FLIPPED AND THREW THEM UP INTO THE AIR. THEY WENT THROUGH THE TREES AND SERIOUSLY INJURED. NOW, NEIGHBORS TOLD US THEY ACTUALLY RAN TO TRY TO HELP THOSE TWO MEN, DID CPR UNTIL HELP DID ARRIVE. IT WAS TOO LATE FOR ONE OF THOSE MEN. THE SECOND MAN WAS AIRLIFTED TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL. NOW, FRIENDS THAT I TALKED TO, FRIENDS OF THE VICTIMS, TOLD THEY ARE 22, 23 YEARS OLD, THAT THEY WERE BEST FRIENDS. AT THIS POINT, WE ARE STILL WAITING FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM AUTHORITIES. WHEN WE GET THAT TO YOU, WE WILL

1 killed, 1 injured in Geneva ATV crash

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Dirt biker, 14, killed in crash with truck in Poinciana

A 14-year-old Poinciana boy was killed Friday when his dirt bike hit a large truck, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies identified the victim as Cory Flemming Jr. of Poinciana.

A Deltona man who was driving the tractor-trailer east on Hemlock Avenue told investigators he saw Cory riding on the grass shoulder. As driver Joshua Martinez, 22, passed Flounder Road, the dirt bike hit his truck in front of the rear wheels, he said.

The teenager, who lived nearby, died at the scene.

Martinez and his passenger, Yoamir Figueroa, 20, of Orlando were not hurt.

An investigation is continuing.

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Pedestrian killed on SR 50 in Clermont identified

The pedestrian who was hit and killed by a sport utility vehicle in Clermont on Wednesday has been identified as Cherokee Moore, 62, of Clermont, police said.

Moore was crossing State Road 50 near Anderson Road about 8:50 p.m. when she was hit by a Nissan SUV driven by Jennifer Litteral. Moore was not in a crosswalk, officers said.

Traffic was temporarily detoured while police investigated.

Jerry Fallstrom of the Sentinel staff contributed to this report. sjacobson@tribune.com or 407-540-5981

Pedestrian killed while crossing SR 50 in Clermont

The pedestrian who was hit and killed by a sport utility vehicle in Clermont on Wednesday has been identified as Cherokee Moore, 62, of Clermont, police said.

Moore was crossing State Road 50 near Anderson Road about 8:50 p.m. when she was hit by a Nissan SUV driven by Jennifer Litteral. Moore was not in a crosswalk, officers said.

Traffic was temporarily detoured while police investigated.

Jerry Fallstrom of the Sentinel staff contributed to this report. sjacobson@tribune.com or 407-540-5981