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Case of teen hit near school bus stop brings back painful memories for Lehigh Acres family

Posted at 10:23 PM, Oct 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-30 22:31:50-04

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. — This week's incident involving a teen getting hit near a school bus stop in Lehigh Acres is bringing up painful memories for a Lehigh family.

The teen was hit walking along the road on Monday and is expected to make a full recovery.

Investigators concluded the teen was walking the wrong way on the road and the driver had limited visibility.

The driver will not be charged.

The incident comes on the heels of two high profile cases where little children - Alana Tamplin and Layla Aiken - were struck and killed near their school bus stops in Lee County this year.

"These are kids that haven't even got a chance to grow up as old as my sister was," says Stan Shanks.

His sister Kee Kee was struck and killed by a car as she walked along 40th street in Lehigh Acres in October 2017.

Though Kee Kee's case did not involve a school bus, her brother says it happened not far from where he and Kee Kee used to wait for the school bus as kids.

"We just walked from the house right to the bus stop," he says.

These days, he says it's too dangerous for kids to do that.

He points out it can be difficult for drivers to spot little children and points out his sister was struck even though she was a grown woman.
"She was 29," he says.

"A lot of them were not even as old as my sister was."

In the case of Alana Tamplin, the driver - Mary Miller - was sentenced to community service, a suspended license and a fine.

Investigators say Miller initially drove away from the scene and then returned.

In Layla Aiken's case, the accused driver, Logan Heatherington, is awaiting trial.

Investigators say he drove away from the scene and did not return.

Stan Shanks says it hurts that the driver who hit his sister drove away from the scene.

He says the justice system doesn't seem to treat hit and run drivers with the severity he thinks they deserve.

"They need to treat them like first degree murderers." he says.

Kee Kee's case is still unsolved.

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