SATELLITE BEACH, Florida – A 12-year-old girl was struck by a vehicle in the 1200 block of State Road A1A in Satellite Beach, Florida around 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, December 22, 2019.
Both Satellite Beach Fire Department and Brevard County Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene.
Northbound lanes of State Road A1A were shut down from the intersection with Cassia Boulevard northward for several hours due to the crash.
The child could not be transported by medical helicopter due to inclement weather. Instead, the girl was ground transported by Brevard County Fire Rescue as a trauma alert to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida.
One of the child’s parents rode along in the ambulance with the child to the hospital.
Although details of the crash have not yet been released, the incident occurred either in or near one of the many flashing yellow crosswalks installed by the Florida Department of Transportation in recent years across Brevard County.
The FDOT flashing yellow crosswalks have drawn heavy criticism from both residents and public officials for endangering pedestrians because many motorists are unlikely to stop for the flashing yellow lights.
“The flashing light is not a stoplight, and drivers may not see the pedestrian after dark. The design is a horribly dangerous method trying to force a change of over one hundred years of pedestrian and driving behavior,” said Brevard County Clerk of Court, Scott Ellis, who has been the most outspoken public official opposing the FDOT crosswalks.
“The crossings have proven to be a life-threatening alternative to an actual crosswalk at stoplights and pedestrians carefully yielding to all moving traffic when crossing outside a stoplight.”