JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A child was hit and killed by a car at the intersection of A1A and Wonderwood Drive Monday morning.
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the sixth grade boy was crossing the street with two other children when he was struck on A1A near the intersection at Wonderwood Dr.
Police have identified the victim as 12-year-old Hunter Allen Cope. A GoFundMe has been set up by a family member working to raise $2,500 for funeral costs.
There is no crossing guard at this location, but there is one farther down the road for the elementary school. The driver involved in the accident did stop was in police custody for questioning. She has not been arrested.
Though police cannot confirm, they said it does appear, based off of the location of where the boy was struck, that he was crossing without a crosswalk.
Friends of Hunter's stopped by the scene to place items into a makeshift memorial. Sixth grader Dezaki Snyter was walking to school with Hunter at the time of the crash.
“I thought it was a dream at first, cause I didn’t think it was happening," Dezaki said.
"And then when my stomach started hurting that’s when I knew it wasn’t a dream.”
Dezaki's mother, Ashley Snyder, held back tears thinking about what could've happened to her son.
“That could’ve been my child. I could be the one at the hospital right now with my whole world turned upside down because that’s my last child," Snyder said.
Snyder, along with other residents who stopped by the scene Monday, expressed concern over speeding or distracted drivers at the intersection.
“I’m not perfect, I’ve done it myself. But now I’ve had my wakeup call because that could’ve been my son laying there this morning," Snyder said.
Lieutenant Steve Mullen with JSO said they recognize the intersection as a hot spot.
“We work a lot of traffic control and speed deployments at this location for the Wonderwood Bridge specifically," Mullen said.
"We give it a lot of attention, and have since they opened this bridge, unfortunately it’s just a place where cars go fast.”
Some residents suggested assigning a truancy officer to monitor the intersection before and after school.
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