Polk County teen struck, killed while walking to school
Polk County Sheriff's deputies say a teen died when he was struck by a van as he walked to school along a dark stretch of Old Dixie Highway.
The incident happened about 6:20 a.m. Wednesday in Auburndale.
Deputies say a van driven by 50-year-old Prakesh Patel tried to avoid 17-year-old Enrique Hernandez, but was unsuccessful. The teen landed on the shoulder of the road and van landed in a ditch. Patel rendered aid to the teen and has been cooperative with authorities.
According to reports, impairment and speed do not appear to be factors. There are no streetlights or sidewalks along the road.
Hernandez was heading to nearby Tenoroc High School in Auburndale.
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