Mother of Orange County man permanently wounded after being struck by ATV on sidewalk speaks out

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — An Orange County mother said her son was struck down by someone driving an ATV and left on the side of the road.


She said she believes the hit-and-run crash involved a large group of people riding ATVs and dirt bikes.

It happened in Dr. Phillips during Halloween weekend while the young man was walking home from work.

Nykowanna Sloan said her 21-year-old son was walking home down Apopka-Vineland Road after working a double at Panera Bread when he was suddenly struck and knocked to the ground.

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She said she believes someone driving an off-road vehicle ran him over.

Sloan said her son was talking on the phone with his girlfriend while walking home and even told her about all the ATVs zooming past him right before he got hit.

“He remembers being hit once. He came to (and) he did talk about seeing the ATVs coming his way, seeing them popping wheelies,” Sloan said. “That was actually a part of his conversation with his girlfriend.”

No one riding by stopped to help Sloan, his mother said.

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“If my son had not been found by that woman, he would have bled to death from his internal injuries,” she said.

Sloan lost parts of his small intestine, his colon and pancreas. He was released from the hospital Tuesday.

A report from the Florida Highway Patrol states Sloan had been walking on the sidewalk and had just stepped into the intersection on a side street when he was struck. There are no suspects in the case.

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Jeff Deal

Jeff Deal, WFTV.com

I joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in 2006.

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