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Auburndale teen killed walking to school

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A 17-year old Auburndale student was killed while walking to school on Wednesday.

Enrique Hernandez was walking to Tenoroc High School, along a stretch of Old Dixie Highway, when he was hit by a minivan.

Jeremy Johnson went out on his porch, just moments before the impact.

He says what followed was the screech of brakes.

"I jumped off the porch and ran down and I seen shoes in the road I seen a cell phone and I said hmmmm, and a man came out with a flash light and I seen the boy laying [sic] in the ditch,"  Johnson said.

Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the van was not charged, since investigators say he tried to avoid hitting the teen.

Distraught over his death, Hernandez's family says he was walking to Tenoroc High where he just started his senior year after missing his school bus.

Hernandez's aunt picked up his younger sister from school, after hearing about the fatal accident.

Cristine Hernandez said, "I told her your brother passed away, they were really close."

The teenager is said to have loved school and was looking forward to graduating this school year.

Hernandez's family says he was well liked by his classmates, now grief counselors have been brought to the school to counsel his fellow classmates.

While the accident did happen in the dark, early morning hours, a man who lives near the accident scene says, there should be sidewalks on this stretch of road.

Neighbor David Franks says, "We need sidewalks out and it don't matter to me, I'll give up some land here to put sidewalks in."

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