Teenager Critically Injured in Truck Accident on County Road 547 in Davenport, FL
Polk County, FL -- February 14, 2023, a teenager was seriously injured after an accident where a box truck hit her along County Road 547.
Investigators said that the incident happened at around 6:45 a.m. along County Road 547 off the corner of Sophie Lane. Initial details said that a 15-year-old girl was walking in a marked crosswalk near Davenport School of the Arts. The area apparently is not lit, but vehicles on northbound lanes were apparently stopped as the girl crossed. A southbound truck driver did not stop, and they hit the girl.
EMS airlifted the girl from the scene with critical injuries. No one else was hurt, and officials do not report any charges. But that doesn't necessarily mean this was just an unavoidable accident. There are two main concerns that come to mind as I read these preliminary details.
One is the apparent fact that vehicles on northbound lanes were stopped as the girl crossed. Why were they stopped? If there aren't any signs or signals here, that would suggest they saw the girl attempting to cross. So why didn't the truck driver? Were the northbound vehicles abnormally perceptive? Are there signs or lights not visible in the footage I'm seeing in the news?
And to that point, my second concern is with this crossing. It's a marked crosswalk, obviously, but no lights? No signs? No crossing guard? And this is across the street from a school? How exactly are families to trust their kids can make it to school early in the morning while it's still dark out if their path has next to know precautions to protect pedestrians?
Again, there could be more to this that isn't obvious to those who aren't familiar with the area. That's why I'd like to hear from any locals who either know something police haven't mentioned or otherwise share my concerns with this possibly dangerous crossing. A young girl shouldn't have to suffer possibly life-changing injuries for there to be change, but steps could at least be taken to prevent others from being harmed.