Wednesday night's pedestrian fatality is a horrible tragedy. According to the NBC-2 News account, she was distracted by her i-pod. This is a sobering reminder that kids (and adults) need to put down their electronic devices and be aware of their surroundings and pay attention when they're walking or crossing the street. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Taylor Palmer.
NBC-2 News, 10/13/11
Parents that are no stranger to tragedy are dealing with heartbreak again after their teenage daughter was hit and killed by a car while leaving a high school football game. It happened seven years after her older sister was killed in an ATV crash.
Taylor Palmer, a sophomore at North Fort Myers High School, was hit while trying to cross Pondella Road Wednesday night.
The driver of the 2005 Ford Taurus was 30-year-old Lauren Franklin of North Fort Myers. She was heading east along an unlit portion of the roadway shortly before 8 p.m.
Still stunned by the tragedy, one of her friends was willing to speak about the minutes leading up to her death.
Friend Dylan Corbin says Palmer was crossing the street to head back to the North Fort Myers High football game.
She'd left early to meet him and another friend - walking alone about three-quarters of a mile to Pondella. Then, they were all going to go back to the game to cheer on their school.
"We went to cross the street and she stopped. She stopped to look at her iPod and started walking again and a car hit her," he remembered. "She didn't see it."
Palmer was right behind Corbin and he said he thought she saw the car coming toward them.
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Click here for the News-Press story, which reports on the suggested need for a streetlight in this area.