A 1-year-old girl suffered minor injuries after being struck by a vehicle late Monday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Troopers received a call about child being hit by a vehicle at 11:45 a.m. Monday by the corner of 70th Street Court East and Bayshore Road in Rubonia. According to FHP Trooper Lee Diehl, who responded to the scene, a man was traveling westbound on 70th Street Court East moments before the incident.
“He was going slow, everybody’s saying he was going about 5 mph so he wasn’t going fast,” Diehl said.
According to the Diehl, the 20-year-old driver had his attention to the left side of the road as he drove down the street. There were several people outside and the driver was going to go talk to them, the trooper said.
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“And he didn’t realize that a little girl... she kind of walked out in front of the car,” Diehl said. “She may have been checking the mail across the street and he just hit her and it looks like a wheel went possibly over her foot, but I haven’t confirmed that yet.”
The FHP trooper said it appears as though the injuries are non-life threatening but that he still had to go to the hospital to visit the child.
I don’t know nothing... we heard the little girl was hit by the car and I come out to check. What we need is some sidewalks around here, that’s all. Other than that, ain’t not many children around in this area.
Fred Collins, Rubonia resident
Before EMS paramedics left, a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy on scene opened the doors of the EMS truck and a child's cries could be heard from inside.
The driver declined to comment. Several people in front of a grey concrete block home by the intersection also declined to speak.
One man in a striped shirt who did not wish to identify himself recounted what happened to Trooper Diehl.
“The first thing that came out of my mind is, ‘How did you not see her?’” the wide-eyed man said from the front lawn of the grey home, extending his left arm towards the street.
Fred Collins, 82, watched the scene unfold from his front porch across the street.
“I don’t know nothing. ... We heard the little girl was hit by the car and I come out to check,” he said, looking on to where a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office vehicle was parked in front of the grey home. “What we need is some sidewalks around here, that’s all. Other than that, ain’t not many children around in this area.”
No charges were filed, according to FHP.