LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - A child in Lehigh Acres was rushed to the hospital after a truck collided with his bicycle. Concerned neighbors say changes need to be made in their neighborhood.
Four year-old Zander Carman was doing was most children his age do - riding a bicycle - when the ride took a dangerous turn. Florida Highway Patrol says around 4:00 Wednesday afternoon, the little boy rode into the path of a pickup truck.
Authorities say the driver did all he could to avoid the boy, but was unsuccessful.
Zander's mother ran to his side. "My son has a broken bone, and two lacerations to his head," she said. "I've lived here for two years and never had a problem. He hit my son, my son flipped into the grass. He was lying there, screaming bloody murder."
The truck was towed from the scene. FHP is investigating whether or not speed played a role in the crash. Zander's aunt says all too often she's seen cars flying through this straight strip of road.
"I lived here," Zander's aunt Lindsey Herndon said. "I told people several times, slow down. If they have to put speed bumps in, I don't know, patrol out here, something."
Some neighbors say it's not just cars, but even garbage trucks and school buses, and they hope something will be done to slow drivers down.
"Daily excessive speeding in both directions up from 82 and up Hawalaska," a neighbor, Diane said. "Our biggest fear is that children are going to get hit by a vehicle."
Wednesday, that fear was realized. Zander was flown to a Tampa hospital. His family is optimistic he'll pull through.
"I think he's going to make It through," Herndon said. "He'll be fine. We're praying. That's all you can do."
Zander was last listed in critical condition. As for the driver, FHP says charges are pending.