Fort Myers, FL (November 27, 2019) - A 5-year-old girl was killed after being struck while playing in a driveway in Fort Myers. The crash occurred on Tuesday, November 26th on Cypress Drive.
Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene. According to officials, Samantha Castro Martinez was in a driveway when she was hit by a Jeep driven by 43-year-old Julio Gonzalez. Gonzalez collided with the child as he was turning into the driveway. The girl was rushed to Lee Memorial Hospital where she died due to her injuries. Martinez was not a resident of the home at which she was playing. There is no word at this time on whether Gonzalez faces any charges.
An investigation is ongoing and no further details have been released.
We wish to extend our most sincere condolences to the family of the young girl who was killed in this tragic incident in Fort Myers.
This crash underscores the fact that deadly accidents can take place at any time. Unfortunately, tragedies such as these take place often in our state and the family of the victim is left dealing with an extremely heartbreaking and emotional loss. Police will continue to look into this incident and determine if the driver should be held responsible for any type of negligent driving and whether the crash could have been avoided.
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