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Crash Kills Polk Student

Crash Kills Polk Student

Auburndale, Fla.-(970 WFLA)-Grief counselors have been at Tenoroc High School after the death of a student.  Polk deputies say 17 year-old Enrique Hernandez was hit by a van as he was walking to school.

Investigators say Hernandez was walking in the northbound lane of Old Dixie Highway, near U.S. 92, when he was hit by a minivan. They say it was dark at the time of the incident.

Deputies say the driver of the van tried to avoid hitting Hernandez, but was unsuccessful.  The van ended up in a ditch of the east side of the road.

The driver of the van, 50 year-old Prakesh Patel of Lakeland, did stop and attempted to help the teen. No charges have been filed against the driver.



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