JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- When Kersilyn Roundtree stepped onto the campus of Edward Waters College, she did so with bright eyes and a big future.
Hours after her family dropped her off, tragedy struck.
"She was coming from choir. I was in football practice when she got hit. Come home from football practice and I was like whoa," friend Wakeem Whipper said.
Police say Roundtree got startled and accidentally jumped into oncoming traffic.
"Just pray for safety."
Federal officials are trying to put a stop to pedestrian accidents like Roundtree's. The transportation secretary just announced a $2 million grant program to improve pedestrian safety through education and enforcement. The money will be targeted for more than 20 communities with high pedestrian death rates, including Jacksonville.
"Smiling. Very caring. She does a lot of things in the community. Mainland High School in Daytona Beach. She was also nice to people," Whipper continued.
We're told Roundtree has family and friends around her at the hospital, and is making some progress.
Whipper says the new program should help-- especially around their area.
"Numerous times when I was sleep, I hear cars going real fast. Like 60 mph, 65 in a residential area."
Federal numbers show pedestrian deaths have gone up over the past two years. A pedestrian is killed every two hours on U.S. roads.