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One teen killed, one injured in North Fort Myers hit-and-run

Lee County Sheriff’s Office is actively searching for a driver who hit two teenagers, killing one, and left the scene of the crash this weekend.

Saturday night, 14-year-old Allana Staiano was killed in a hit-and-run crash in the Suncoast Estates community of North Fort Myers.

Neighbors put up a memorial for Allana Sunday at the front yard of a home where the owner says she was found lying after the crash.

“She’s so young. She had her whole life ahead of her. She still had school. She had time to fall in love,” family friend Cyra Strub said. “… And it just hurts.”

Allana’s mother told us her daughter was killed while she was walking home with her best friend. She says the driver who hit them sped off. Her mother said she is working with a Lee County detective to track down the driver responsible.

Allana’s friend suffered a broken arm after she was hit by the car. Her mother says she is shaken up by the experience and staying with family.

Neighbor Michael Strickland was among those who responded to the girls. Strickland said he called 911 and rushed toward the scene after he heard a loud crash.

“One girl was laying there not moving. The other girl was sitting next to her, screaming,” neighbor Michael Strickland said. “To me its just phenomenal to see where she actually got hit and where she ended up is actually unbelievable to me.”

Strickland said he and responding neighbors did what they could to assess the situation when they found the two girls.

“We took [Allana’s] pulse, and I couldn’t get a pulse, other neighbor same thing,” Strickland said. “He couldn’t get a pulse, and she was starting to get cold already.”

Neighbor Brandon Williams said everyone was in disbelief.

“Everybody was just in shock about it and couldn’t believe it,” Williams said.

Anyone with information can contact LCSO at (239) 477-1000, as the sheriff’s office actively searches for the hit-and-run driver.

“I just want her to be remembered as a fun-loving girl who always wanted to go out and have fun and just be there for her friends,” Strub said.

Reporter:Gina Tomlinson
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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