Despite riding his bike in the crosswalk, a 9-year-old Florida boy died after being struck by a pickup truck on May 20.
Roman Miller was riding his bicycle behind his older sister, a fifth grader, around 7:48 a.m. when he was struck by a black Chevy Silverado. His sister made it safely through the crosswalk, while her brother was dragged about 15 feet after being hit, WCNC reports.
State Trooper Kenny Watson said:
“Unfortunately, she heard everything. And then she would have immediately turned around and gone to her brother’s aid. And, I cannot imagine what it’s like for anyone to watch their sibling, lying on the ground after being struck by a motor vehicle.”
According to Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at the intersection of Nodosa Drive and Webber Street in Sarasota Springs.
Charity Lamb, 25, was driving the pickup truck that struck Roman.
“When you are in the crosswalk, you have the right of way. So that vehicle should have stayed at that point, hopefully seen both and let them pass through.”
However, Lamb didn’t stop but told authorities she only saw the boy’s older sister, who was in front of him.
As WCNC reports, Lamb has previously been cited for speeding, driving with a suspended license, and running a stop sign.
However, neighbor Margaret Davis said that this isn’t the first accident to occur at that intersection.
“My daughter has hit a kid on a bike, right here at this intersection, years ago. It was pouring down rain and she never even seen him. Luckily, he didn’t get hurt so this is not the first accident, but it’s the worst accident.”
Further, Davis was one of the first people on the scene of the accident alongside the victim’s mom, WCNC reports.
She said, “I cried with the mother. When I walked out, the mother, I cried.”
Lamb is reportedly cooperating with police.