14-year-old injured in hit-and-run while walking to Lehigh Acres bus stop

A 14-year-old child was injured after being hit by a pickup while walking to their school bus stop Tuesday morning.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating after the pickup drove off. A report states the teen was walking west along the right side of Golfview Boulevard near Circle Drive Lehigh Acres at 6:20 a.m.

The passenger-side mirror of a vehicle, described as a light-brown Ford F-150, struck the teen so hard the mirror broke off, and the driver didn’t stop.

The teen suffered minor injuries.

Gloria Martinez’s daughter waits at the same bus stop. Every morning, Martinez said she walks her daughter there.

Martinez said she heard a scream.

“It happened very fast,” Martinez said.

She said she saw the vehicle drive off.

“The only thing I saw was that car that was coming in my lane,” Martinez said. “It was a car that looked like gray.”

The teen resides off of Jack Avenue and was walking by herself to the bus stop, said Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Greg Bueno.

A bystander heard the crash and called it in, Bueno said.

Troopers are looking for a 2014 to 2017 Ford Expedition, described as light brown or “Bronze fire.”

“We still aren’t stopping to assist these children,” said Karen Ambrose, of Shield4Kids, an organization started after Layla Aiken was killed in Cape Coral and Alana Tamplin was killed in North Fort Myers. “That upsets me a lot. If it was my children on the side of the road or my neighbor’s child, I would stop.”

“I would feel bad that I hit them but still be honest,” Ambrose added.

If anyone has any information that will help identify the vehicle or suspect, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477 or submit an anonymous tip online. You can receive a cash reward of up to $3,000.


Reporter:Nicole Gabe
Writer:WINK News
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