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Polk student killed walking to school

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POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

The Polk County Sheriff's Department says a 17-year-old student was killed while walking to school this morning on Old Dixie Hwy near US Hwy 92 in Auburndale.

Deputies say Enrique Hernandez was walking northbound in the northbound lane of Old Dixie Highway, when he was struck by a minivan that was traveling in the same direction.

Hernandez was on his way to Tenoroc High School where he was a student, according to deputies.

The driver of the van, 50-year-old Prakesh Patel of Lakeland, attempted to avoid hitting the pedestrian, but was unsuccessful. 

Deputies say Patel stopped immediately and rendered aid, and that impairment and speed do not appear to be a factor. 

Deputies added that there are no streetlights or sidewalks along that stretch of the roadway which was very dark at the time of the crash at 6:20 a.m.

Stay with wfla.com for more on this developing story.

 

 

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