Tragedy has already struck, as Orlando begins one of its busiest tourist seasons.
A 69-year-old tourist from Massachusetts was hit and killed early this morning by a Walt Disney World bus filled with passengers, in the parking lot of Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, reports Central Florida’s News 13. The report states that troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol said the man stepped in front of the bus and the driver did not have time to stop. They said the man was not in a crosswalk and the bus had the right-of-way.
In April of this year, a 9-year-old boy was killed by a Disney bus while riding his bicycle. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. and Disney bus driver David R. Rich are facing a wrongful death lawsuit by the boy’s mother. The boy was riding his bicycle when the bike was pulled under the rear wheels of the bus on Big Pine Road in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. He was wearing a safety helmet, riding on the sidewalk. The lawsuit filed in Orlando’s Circuit Court points to sidewalk conditions and the park bus system for the death.
According to the News 13 report, the FHP report blamed the bicycle accident on the fact that the tires on the boy’s bicycle had little or no air in them.