Satellite Beach Police Finish Death Investigation Into Middle Schooler Killed in Crosswalk
Satellite Beach Police issued a moving violation, but no criminal charges, for the driver who hit and killed a 12 year old girl crossing A1A last December.
Chief Jeff Pearson says video footage shows 83 year old Joe Anne Stanker braked after 12 year old Sophia Nelson activated the flashing yellow lights to cross the road.
Pearson says Stanker had enough time to stop, but she told police she didn’t see the little girl.
“If you’re driving the speed limit and you’re coming up to a red light and everything’s perfect and you slowly push the brakes, and push the brakes, but you don’t push them hard enough to stop at the stop bar, and you stop in the middle of the intersection and hit a car that’s not reckless that’s just bad driving.”
He says there was no evidence Stanker was driving dangerously or recklessly. Instead she was issued a Failure to Stop at a Crosswalk citation and will have to go through a drivers’ license re-examination process.
“We want to put that person in for a re-exam just to make sure that their driving skills are capable enough to drive safely on our roads.”
Nelson’s death prompted Florida Representative Randy Fine to file legislation to change the flashing yellow lights at crosswalks to red lights.
Read more about that legislation here.
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