ORLANDO, Fla. – The mother of a boy who was fatally struck by a semitruck while riding his bike home from school pleaded with the public Tuesday for any information that could help authorities identify the driver involved in the crash.
Kevin Pope, 10, was crossing at Wetherbee Road and Landstar Boulevard while in a crosswalk when the middle portion of a semitruck that was turning right hit him, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Since the crash Wednesday, troopers have been attempting to locate the vehicle involved. Witnesses said it was white, with blue and black lettering on the side of the cab, and was pulling a white trailer.
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Kevin's mother, Adrienne Edmonson, and the family's attorney, Greg Francis, of the Osborne & Francis Law Firm, said all the information they have in the case indicates that Kevin did nothing wrong.
“Right now, we’re just seeking answers. We want to know what happened and how it happened,” Francis said.
Edmonson said Kevin was her youngest of three children. She described him as a smart, sweet boy who always told her he loved her "to infinity and beyond."
“I know that my son loved me. He always did, he always will,” Edmonson said.
At Wetherbee Elementary School, Kevin made the honor roll and was popular among classmates and staff alike. He wanted to one day be a star basketball player and he also loved playing Fortnite with his friends.
Edmonson said the mourning process is made all the more difficult knowing the driver who struck her son is still out there.
“Just come forward so I can have closure. I just want to know what happened to my baby,” Edmonson said.
It's unclear if the driver knew Kevin was hit but Francis said it's possible the driver might have mentioned the crash to someone. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or spoken with the driver is asked to contact FHP or call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).
A GoFundMe page has been established to help support Kevin's family. A funeral is planned for 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Calvario City Church in Orlando.