A 15-year-old boy was killed Thursday morning after trying to walk across U.S. 41, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Around 6:28 a.m., a man on his way to work was driving southbound on U.S. 41 in the right lane in a silver Lexus. The light was green at the intersection of 23rd Street East. FHP Lt. Juan Cuevas said the driver all of a sudden saw a pedestrian, identified as Myquarios Kelly, walking westbound across U.S. 41, in the middle of his lane.
Significant damage could be seen on the front end of the Lexus.
Kelly was a sophomore at Palmetto High School, said school district spokesman Mike Barber.
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Grief counselors were at the school Thursday morning, according to Barber.
Earlier, FHP had incorrectly said the victim was a 9-year-old boy.
Next to the student’s body, which was covered in a pink sheet in the middle of U.S. 41 as FHP continued its investigation, lay a black backpack. His black shoes were about 150 feet from where he ended up.
As of just before 10:30 a.m., U.S. 41 was reopened to traffic.
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