Student hit by car on way to school
Avalon Park parents warn drivers to use care
ORLANDO, Fla. – Parents who live in Avalon Park are warning drivers to be extra careful after a student was hit by a car before the sun came up Wednesday morning.
Witnesses say the student was riding his bike to Timber Creek High School along a dark stretch of roadway when the car hit him along Avalon Park Boulevard, near Timber Springs.
The student is expected to be OK, but parents tell News 6 they fear someone is going to die if streetlights aren't put up soon.
"It is really dark, and the kids -- when they ride their bikes on the sidewalk -- it's almost impossible to see them until you're right on top of them," said mother Jahna Nair.
"It's horrible out there," said Doris Carrero. "Traffic is bad, you can't see where you're going, what you're doing, where you're turning, and who's in front of you."
Many parents worry because they say so many children are forced to walk or ride their bikes to school since they live within 2 miles of their school.
According to Orange County Public School policy, children who live outside of the 2-mile radius are eligible to ride the school bus.
But the parents say the problem isn't the school district's.
They say the problem is with government officials who have not made sure the stretch of Avalon Park Boulevard. is well-lit.
News 6 checked and found many lighting proposals winding their way through the county government.
Nair said she hopes they aren't built too late. "You just have to trust that (students) are going to be OK, and drivers are going to be responsible, and I may not be," she said. "They may not be able to even see your children because there are no streetlights."
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