Student hit by SUV on way to Timber Creek High

A girl was transported to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children after she was struck by a sport utility vehicle near the intersection of Waterford Chase Parkway and Oak Chase Drive about 6:45 a.m.

7:51 p.m. EDT, March 19, 2014

A 14-year-old freshman at Timber Creek High was in critical condition after being hit by a sport utility vehicle while walking to school Wednesday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Borzhana Matviak was trying to cross Waterford Chase Parkway at Oak Chase Drive in Waterford Lakes about 6:45 a.m. when the 2007 Kia SUV, driven by Richard Alexander, 54, struck her.

Investigators said they don’t think Borzhana was in a crosswalk. She was on her way to her school-bus stop when the crash happened.

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The teen was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando in serious condition.

“The driver told us that the girl suddenly ran out in front of him,” said Sgt. Kim Montes, a Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman. “We don’t believe she was in the crosswalk based upon where she was hit. The driver was not going very fast based upon where he ended up stopping.”

Alexander, who lives nearby, stopped immediately and tried to help Borzhana as onlookers called 911, Montes said. He told troopers he didn’t see the teenager on the dark road until it was too late. He was not hurt.

Investigators were interviewing students who witnessed the crash.

“The problem we’re running into is that all the students that we got statements from are completely different from each other,” Montes said. “Some are saying [Alexander] had headlights on. Some are saying he didn’t.”

Other details also were not clear.

“Some are saying she was in the crosswalk. Some are saying she was not in the crosswalk. Some are saying she ran out into the road. Some are saying the car was speeding. We’re trying to sort out the physical evidence… before making a determination,” Montes said.

Timber Creek High School Principal Gabriel Berrio sent a message to parents and students reminding them to be careful in morning when it is dark. He advised children to cross the street only when their bus has arrived, its lights are flashing and traffic has stopped.

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