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Wolfson student dies after being hit twice walking to school

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Updated: 10/29/2013 9:54 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Wolfson High School student has died from his injuries after being hit not once but twice trying to cross the street.

He was headed to class when it happened.

"Wolfson has kind of had very bad incidents over the two years that I've been there," said classmate Ashay Macklin.

Police said Malk Sunwabeh, 16, was trying to cross the street to school. A classmate, a 17-year-old girl, hit him first. Then police say a propane gas truck hit him again.

"I feel bad for the kids," said neighbor Daniel Hershberger.

Police said the girl left the scene out of sheer panic. A short time later, her parents brought her back.

"She's very sweet. It's nothing like her so I understand how he feels about panicking," Macklin said.

Neighbors said the stretch of Toledo Road is dangerous. There are no crosswalks and kids dart across.

"You kind of expect it in this area with all the cars and the kids trying to cross the road. They jump in front of the cars thinking they're unstoppable," said James Hershberger.

Macklin said she hopes today's incident prompts change. She'd like to at least see a cross walk added here.

"We're high schoolers and everybody has common sense to watch out for cars, but we should now," Macklin said.

Investigators said because Sunwabeh was not in a crosswalk, it is not clear if the driver will face charges.

The school has requested grief counselors for the students.

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HilyEffctvTchr - 11/14/2013 2:14 PM
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This is a terribly sad story, but to add to it with such sophomoric use of hideous grammar and 3rd-grade spelling errors is the thing that is eternally depressing. We are witnessing the death of journalism on such a massive, American scale, and it is the direct result of the breach of the social contract between media and American citizens, that explicitly states that their licensure is directly dependent upon their delivery of clear, accurate and competent news to the public, and in return they are granted airwave, print, and now internet rights, but because news is not so "profitable" unless it is sensational, general news stories are given to what can only be described as unskilled laborers and those who dabble in writing, but have extremely poor writing skills, and as is likely the case, less time and resources to devote to them. I seriously doubt there is even such a thing as a "proofreader" on staff at most tv, radio and newspapers anymore, when just 35 years ago it was a job where a college graduate could earn a decent living. The slow but terminal death of reported news is a social disaster of epic proportions, and at this rate, in another 35 years we may be back to scratching on cave walls to record human history.

nativejax - 10/29/2013 5:21 PM
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All my prayers to this family.

1country - 10/29/2013 1:09 PM
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The female driver may be charged! It did not mention the driver of the truck being charged !

angels072258 - 10/29/2013 11:23 AM
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The driver should not be responsible for that accident. Apparently the girl knocked him into the street and then he was ran over. Praying for his recovery.
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