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Neighbors say street where 2 boys were hit in Lehigh Acres is dangerous

A Lehigh Acres street where two teenage boys were hit Friday, leaving one dead, is known to be dangerous, according to neighbors.

Dorothy Pagan is a mother of three who avoids letting her kids come out to play in her front yard.

“Our kids run outside and, like I said, cars flying by, 50 to 60 miles an hour, sometimes even more,” said Pagan.

Friday night, a parent’s worst nightmare came true. Two 15-year-old boys were victims of a hit-and-run near Elaine Avenue North and 42nd Street West. The report says that the boys were walking down the street when they were hit by 19-year-old Adrian Zurita.

“Crazy to think it could have been one of our kids,” Pagan said.

Lance Steelman also lives in the neighborhood. “It’s a shame to see kids, young kids get killed when they have their whole life in front of them.”

One 15-year-old was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital and died there. The other 15-year-old suffered minor injuries.

Authorities were able to find Zurita, who now faces charges of leaving the scene with death and leaving the scene with injury. His bond has been set at $700,000.

Every neighbor that WINK News spoke to could agree that people often speed down that road. “A lot of vehicles run up and down this road, they go too fast,” Steelman said.

“There’s nowhere you need to go that you have to go that fast. I’d rather make it there than make it not alive,” Pagan said. “Could be one of your kids, could be one of your loved ones, so just be careful and be cautious of what you’re doing. You could kill someone.”

Neighbors added that street lights could also help make that area safer for everyone.

Reporter:Andrea Guerrero
Writer:Drew Hill
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