LAKE WALES, Fla. – A 13-year-old Lake Wales boy has died after being hit by a truck while waiting on the school bus Friday morning.
According to police, on Friday, at 6:15 A.M., officers from the Lake Wales Police Department responded to Dr. J.A. Wiltshire Avenue and Miami Street in reference to a vehicle crash involving a pedestrian.
Once on the scene, officers learned a 13-year-old child, Jadin Galindo, was waiting for his school bus when a 2013 GMC Sierra truck struck him.
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Jadin was sitting near the center of the paved alleyway approximately 30 feet from Dr. J.A. Whiltshire Avenue, waiting for his school bus.
Police say it was dark and foggy, and there were no street lights in the immediate area, only ambient light from nearby Florida’s Natural plant.
Jadin lives in Lake Wales and attends McLaughlin Middle School.
The GMC Sierra was traveling east on DR. J.A. Wiltshire Avenue and turned north into the alleyway where Jadin was struck.
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Jadin was transported to the Lake Wales Advent Health by Polk County Emergency Medical Services. There, Jadin succumbed to his injuries, police say.
The GMC was driven by Sherry Kinney, age 47, of Bartow.
Neither speed nor impairment appears to be a factor in the crash, according to investigators.
“This investigation is active and ongoing. Our hearts break for all those involved and the loss of such a young man,” said Lake Wales Police Department.
If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Traffic Homicide Investigator Meyers at the Lake Wales Police Department at 863-678-4223. You can also remain anonymous by calling Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).
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