Driver Fined $169 For Crash That Killed Twelve-Year-Old in Crosswalk
SATELLITE BEACH, FL- Floridatoday.com writes that a twelve-year-old girl died when a car struck her in a marked crosswalk in Satellite Beach. The driver, an 83-year-old woman from Cape Canaveral, is not facing criminal charges for her role in the incident. The penalty for the fatal crash is a $169 fine.*
The crash caused the community to express concern over the style of crosswalks used in the area and led to efforts to make changes on State Road A1A. The victim’s parents are working to lobby lawmakers to change the pedestrian crosswalks from displaying yellow flashing lights to red lights.
The motorist involved in the crash was cited for failing to stop at a marked crosswalk and for a moving violation. The woman will be required to undergo a driver’s license re-evaluation in order to drive again.
Video images show the scene of the crash and confirmed that the lights were flashing to warn drivers that a pedestrian was crossing the road. The driver’s Toyota was about 395 feet away from the crossing when the girl began to cross. Officers stated that the woman had the time needed to slow down and stop but failed to do so.
The motorist told police officers that she did not see the young girl on the road. Police did not believe that the woman was acting in a way that was reckless or dangerous, and so no criminal charges were filed.
The twelve-year-old suffered a severe brain injury in the collision. Her family made the decision to remove her from life support on Christmas and donated her organs to save four other lives.
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