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12-Year-Old Boy Tragically Killed After Hit by Car on I-4 in Polk County, Florida

June 05, 2019

POLK COUNTY, FL. – According to an online news story posted at, a 12-year-old boy was tragically killed after being hit by a car on Interstate 4 in Polk County, Florida. The circumstances surrounding the accident are not completely clear, as the report states the child’s parents did not know he was away from home.*

The accident occurred in the early morning near mile marker 33 on I-4 West in Polk County. Florida Highway Patrol and ABC Action News report that a juvenile pedestrian was walking along I-4 at about 3:30 a.m., and for unknown reasons, he stepped into a westbound lane of travel. The child was then struck by a westbound 2015 Ford Focus. 

The collision happened in the outside lane of the interstate, close to the interchange with U.S. Highway 98. Troopers are not sure at this time why the accident happened or what might have caused the pedestrian to walk into oncoming traffic. 

ABC Action News reports that the pedestrian was tragically killed in the accident. He was identified as a 12-year-old boy from Lakeland, Florida. Florida Highway Patrol stated that the boy’s parents did not know he had left home during the night. The report said no information was yet available regarding why the boy was walking on the interstate. 

The driver of the Ford was not injured in the accident, according to the news report. He was identified as a 19-year-old man from Mulberry, Florida. ABC Action News reports that no charges have currently been filed in connection with the case. 

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