12-year-old dies in North Fort Myers crash, remembered by siblings

A woman fatally struck a girl walking on the edge of the road on Durrance Road, in North Fort Myers Monday morning.

The 2006 Toyota that struck a 12-year-old girl Monday morning. Photo via FHP.
The 2006 Toyota that struck a 12-year-old girl Monday morning. Photo via FHP.

Mary Ann Miller, 62, was driving a 2006 Toyota on the 10000 block of Durrance Rd. near 7 A.M. when she hit Alana Tamplin, 12, according to the Florida Highway Patrol press release.

The Toyota was traveling south on Durrance Rd. while Tamplin was walking southbound ahead of the vehicle. The North Fort Myers girl was on the edge of the road, along with her friend, returning to her home after the pair dropped of the victim’s little sister.

There are no sidewalks along the rural stretch of road where the two children were walking. Normally, her dad walks his youngest daughter to the bus stop, but the two older girls did so Monday morning.

Suddenly, as the girls were walking home, the right front of the Toyota struck Tamplin, propelling her to the west where she landed in a grass ditch, per the FHP press release.

While the North Fort Myers woman who drove the Toyota initially stopped, she soon fled the scene. However, Miller would return a short time later.

Writer:Michael Mora
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