Boy, 16, Hit By Car While Walking To School

ORANGE CITY, Fla. (AP) — Volusia County school officials say they’ll step up an awareness campaign after a 16-year-old student was hit by a car and died while walking to school.

The Florida Highway Patrol says Brandon Vera was killed as he crossed a busy street near University High School.

School officials say 17 Volusia County students have been struck by vehicles while walking to or from campus since the school year began.

The boy’s father told the Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/wqgNwV ) it was the first day his son had walked to school. Wilfred Vera says his car broke down and he couldn’t take the boy to school.

Officials say a 13-year-old Volusia County student was injured Thursday when a car hit his bicycle. A12-year-old was killed walking home after school on Jan. 11.

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Information from: Daytona Beach News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com

Source: Associated Press

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