Student Killed by Truck at School Bus Stop


Last updated 2/3/2023 at 8:21pm

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Friends mourned the sudden death of 13-year-old Jaden Galindo, who was killed by a truck while waiting the arrival of his school bus. Galindo was a student at McLaughlin Middle/Senior HIgh in Lake Wales.

Tragedy struck Friday morning as a McLaughlin Middle School student was killed after being struck by a truck while waiting near a school bus stop in the fog.

Lake Wales Police Department reports indicate that Jadin Galindo, 13, was waiting for his school bus in the dark at about 6:15 am when he was struck by a 2013 GMC Sierra truck. According to police reports the alleyway where he was sitting, near the intersection of Miami Street and Dr. JA Wiltshire Avenue, near Florida's Natural Growers, was unlighted. A large fenced warehouse building stands diagonally across the two streets from the scene of the accident.

Courtesy Lake Wales Police Department

The scene of the Friday morning tragedy is across the street from a Large juice warehouse. Lighting in that area provided only dim illumination on the foggy morning.

The GMC Sierra was traveling east on Wiltshire Avenue and turned north into the alleyway where the victim was struck. He was was transported to the AdventHealth Lake Wales Medical Center by Polk County Emergency Medical Services but succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the GMC, 47-year-old Sherry Kinney of Bartow, formerly of Lake Wales, and her passenger, Kimberly Johnson, 33, also of Bartow were uninjured. According to police neither speed nor impairment appear to be a factor in the incident.

This investigation is active and ongoing.

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Traffic Homicide Investigator Meyers at the Lake Wales Police Department at 863-678-4223. You can also remain anonymous by calling Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).


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