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Woman accused of hitting and killing a child in Fort Myers will be fined $161

A Fort Myers woman who hit a child will only receive a fine
Posted at 6:11 PM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 18:18:28-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Sarah and Darryl Tamplin, the parents of 12-year old Alana, are still dealing with the death of their daughter.

The wound was reopened Friday with news that the woman who hit the child as she walked home from a bus stop near her home will be fined just $161.

For Alana, it's heartbreaking.

She remembers holding her daughter's body as she bled to death in a ditch along Durrance Road in North Fort Myers.

It was an accident she and her husband say never should have happened.

Both Darryl and Sarah say they repeatedly complained to local police about cars speeding along Durrance Road.

Sarah says police showed up one day to hand out tickets to speeding drivers and then, despite repeated complaints, they never saw them again.

The speed limit on Durrance Road is 30 miles per hour.

Six months later a makeshift memorial of flags, shells, and pinecones marks the spot where Alana died.

As for the accident, the driver reportedly fled the scene only to returned moments later.

By then it was too late for a mother and daughter to say one final goodbye.

As Sarah put it, the driver didn't even allow me to be a mother one last time to say goodbye one last time.

The fine might seem like the end of the case, but the Tamplins have vowed to fight on until they get justice for Alana.