Sophia’s Law moves forward after Florida House State Affairs Committee approval

Both bills would change the flashing lights at some crosswalks from yellow to red

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The family of a 12-year-old Satellite Beach girl who was killed as she used a lighted crosswalk, went to Tallahassee on Thursday to push for change.

Sophia Nelson was crossing at State Road A1A and Ellwood Avenue on Dec. 22 when she was struck by a vehicle, according to a Satellite Beach police report.

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On Thursday, Sophia’s parents appeared before the Florida House State Affairs Committee to urge legislators to support legislation filed by Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay and Sen. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville.

Fine has dubbed House Bill 1371 as the Sophia Nelson Pedestrian Safety Act.

Sophia's father said the crash happened very quickly. He said they were walking home from the beach and Sophia pressed the button to activate the yellow flashing lights at the crosswalk.

He said she waited until it was safe to cross.


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