Woman struck, killed by motorcycle on Kirkman

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

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

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

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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 lying in the middle of S. Kirkman Road just before 12 a.m.

Orlando Fire Department arrived on scene first and helped the woman until she was transported to the Orlando Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

She was pronounced dead around 3:30 a.m., police reported.

Her name has not been released.

Penland told police he was traveling northbound on S. Kirkman Road with two other motorcycles when he saw a person 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.

Penland’s friend, who was riding his 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 S. 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 S. Kirkman Road at Vineland Road. When the light turned green, they sped off as if they were drag racing, police said.

The video also shows Penland braking and merging to the right side of the road, police said.

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