Mahmoud Arabi was killed after being struck by a hit-and-run driver as he crossed an Orlando intersection early Monday morning. Arabi was from Australia and taking part in the Disney exchange program, a program that allows young students from around the world to get on-the-job experience at Disney theme parks.
“The victim was crossing with two other people and unfortunately they were crossing against the light,” said Sergeant Kim Montes of the Florida Highway Patrol.
Arabi was wearing his Disney uniform when he was struck by the car and was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, but died on Wednesday shortly after his mother arrived from Australia.
Knowing my luck, had I been the one that got hit, I would’ve died in Florida dressed as fucking Goofy.
Even though it wasn’t necessarily the driver’s fault, and the driver had the green light at the time of impact, they chose to flee the scene after the accident. Police would really like to talk to that driver. Sgt Montes says they found a passenger side mirror at the accident scene that was later identified as belonging to a green Ford.
Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to call Florida Highway Patrol at 407-737-2213. Or, if you’re the driver, do the right thing and call the number yourself.
I used to never understand why people flee the scene of an accident if it wasn’t their fault, until I learned that a driver impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of an accident would suffer less penalties if they leave the scene of an accident and then turned themselves in later when sober. Not saying that’s the case here, I’m just saying.