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Teen remains in critical condition after being hit by truck

Student was crossing road Thursday in front of Island Coast High School

January 23, 2013
By TIFFANY REPECKI ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

A Cape Coral teen remained hospitalized Tuesday after being struck by a pickup truck last week when he tried to cross the road to get to school.

Jonathan Cruz, 16, of 1626 N.E. 36th St., was listed in critical condition at Lee Memorial Hospital, where he was taken following Thursday's accident.

At 6:51 a.m., Cruz attempted to cross the northbound lanes of De Navarra Parkway on foot outside of the entrance to Island Coast High School when he was hit by a Ford Ranger, according to a Lee County Sheriff's Office report.

Cruz sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of the accident, including a head injury and broken bones. He was trauma-alerted to the hospital.

The driver of the truck, Derek James Hutchens, 17, of 1717 Magnolia Drive, North Fort Myers, was not injured in the crash, according to the report.

Deputies determined that Hutchens, who was on his way to school, was traveling between 21 mph and 24 mph when Cruz ran out in front of him. Hutchens hit the Ford's brakes, but it did not stop in time, hitting Cruz.

Cruz's mother, who was present during the accident, reported that she stopped in the median outside of the school where the cones are and turned on her hazard lights. Cruz exited the car and began to cross the street.

As she began to pull away, she realized that her son had been hit.

According to the report, Cruz is at fault in the accident for violating Hutchens' right-of-way.



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