Girl struck by truck on way to bus stop in Mascotte

A 13-year-old girl was struck by a pick-up truck this morning on the way to her school bus stop. Full Story
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Jessica

Lake Mary, FL

#22 Oct 25, 2007
That is so sad. I will pray for her! People need to slow down and stay off the phone if they can not drive and talk at the same time this needs to stop.
What

Orlando, FL

#23 Oct 25, 2007
What the heck!! are all you people nuts? a kid was hurt, she stepped in the path of a moving vehicle, it was dark, the bus stop is just over a hill, SECO has been paid to install the freaking street lights maybe now they will!!! Still with that said these were kids pray for them both and stop blaming thats what is wrong with people today. And As for Enterprise WTF you live in HICK/REDNECK USA, I know I married a REDNECK from Enterprise. But until you live on BayLake and know both of these families DON"T JUDGE you have no right..........
Terrible Situation

United States

#24 Oct 25, 2007
What is it with all the ADHD kids now days. Its not that difficult to look both ways BEFORE crossing the street now is it?
Rene

Sarasota, FL

#25 Oct 25, 2007
No matter the age of the child it still makes good sense to put bus stops in places where children do no have to cross the roadway. Children are by nature prone to doing things without thought for safety. It is up to the adults to make things as safe for them as possible. Most states don't have children crossing the road to get to bus stops--wake up FL!!!
louise

Maitland, FL

#26 Oct 25, 2007
I pray that they are both ok,MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE PARENTS, CAN YOU IMAGINE GETTING NEWS that your child has been hit by a car, and news. that your child hit a child while driving, it's devastating for both families. As drivers, we havea responsibility to be alert and expect the unexpected. That's why i'm cautious of children driving, that's an adult resposibility.
Louise
Bob

United States

#27 Oct 26, 2007
This family needs support at this time, not criticism. I pray that the young girl lives. Either way, this is a devastating event and their lives will never be the same. There is a lot that could have been done to prevent this accident and a lot that needs to be done to prevent another one. Many states have taken the initiative, Florida has not. The bottom line is that there is no such thing as a safe school bus stop in Florida. Our son was killed waiting in the dark for his school bus in Leesburg Jan 12, 1995.
Here_we_go

Cocoa, FL

#28 Oct 26, 2007
sick of stupidity wrote:
Amazing- 17 comments and not ONE that holds the DRIVER responsible or accountable.
I don't care if someone is crossing in the middle of the street or what side the bus stop is on-
if you're drving a MULTI TON vehicle, the ultimate responsibility lies with the DRIVER- drivers are SUPPOSED to be ALERT at ALL times and are supposed to be prepared for and expect the UNEXPECTED.
With how drivers are so impatient, running yellow lights, running RED lights, speeding and just barreling down the street, I am AMAZED that there are not more accidents.
And it SICKENS me how people are so quick to blame ANYTHING or ANYONE other than the driver of the VEHICLE!!
What is WRONG with people???
Are you a complete idiot? Step out in front of a train and see how fast it can stop.

Same concept with a car. If you dart in front of traffic you will get hit!!!

Cars cannot stop on a dime!!! I don't care if it's going 10MPH or 100MPH!!! It's gonna hurt, if not kill you if you get hit!!!

STOP BLAMING THE DRIVER UNTIL YOU KNOW THE WHOLE STORY!!!

The article said nothing about the driver being on a cell phone, or being impaired in any way.
Friend

Baltimore, MD

#29 Oct 26, 2007
Sadly, this young girl passed away the night of the accident.
Friend of both

AOL

#30 Oct 26, 2007
I dont thin kit was the driversd fault and i too am a teen 16 just like the victim and the driver and i know how crazy times are but no matter what ypu need to check your surroundings and as for the victim there was a hill at the scene and the victim could clearly see the vehicle coming from over he hill. She could have waited but she went there wasnt any telling on weather the driver was doing the speed limit but rules are rules. I think the county is at fault becauase at a road like that there should be street lights. Accidents happen i have lost family members to this too but there is nothing we can do the victim is gone now and the driver is traumatized!!!
Educated Driver

Debary, FL

#31 Oct 26, 2007
Friend of both wrote:
I dont thin kit was the driversd fault and i too am a teen 16 just like the victim and the driver and i know how crazy times are but no matter what ypu need to check your surroundings and as for the victim there was a hill at the scene and the victim could clearly see the vehicle coming from over he hill. She could have waited but she went there wasnt any telling on weather the driver was doing the speed limit but rules are rules. I think the county is at fault becauase at a road like that there should be street lights. Accidents happen i have lost family members to this too but there is nothing we can do the victim is gone now and the driver is traumatized!!!
The vehicle had working lights. A person doesn't need roadside lighting if there are working lights on the vehicle. Drivers need to use due care when driving.
Meg

Washington, DC

#32 Oct 29, 2007
Friend wrote:
Sadly, this young girl passed away the night of the accident.
So so sad, my prayers are with the family. A tragic accident.
Christina

United States

#33 Apr 24, 2013
To set all records straight...if anyone will ever loo at this again. It has taken me almost 6 years to finally look at some of this stuff. I was the driver. I was 16, and the girl, Lauren, was a little more than a month away from turning 16. From everything I heard about her, she was sweet, fun, had her small group of amazing friends, and trust me i know how amazing they were, they made me feel it for the rest of high school. Hell, to this day i still recieve threats. She was in NJROTC, I heard to follow in he mothers footsteps. No, I did not look away from the road, change the radio station, talk on my cell phone, my brights were on. I couldn't see her until i was on top of the hill, goin the speed limit (55). My brakes are not magic. I swerve left, i hit her in the middle ofthe truck, I swerve right, I kill a man and his son, standing safely on the side of the road, under a street light. She was wearing all black with her headphones in while the man was yelling at her to stop. Now that the full story has been released, and I am no longer in a law suit from her family, i can talk about it, i can talk about her. If there was any ways i could have prevented the accident, i would have. I take a large amount of the blame, no matter who's fault it was or if it was an accident, my actions took a life, nothing could ever come close to making that better. but i agree, parents, have the talk, to both drivers and walkers. tell your babies to please pay attention to the videos during bus saftey week, and yes, thats when this happened. DO NOT cross the road untill the bus is there, if one simple rule was followed, all of this could have been prevented. I am now 22 years old, and to this day, I see something move on the side of the road, i hit my brakes, i won't go more than 5 over the speed limit, and loathe driving for any distance or reason. I wish that somehow there was any possible way to make it up to her family, but once a life is taken, it's gone. EVERYONE needs to pay attention on the roadways.

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