Friends and Family of 1st Grader Killed on I-75 Speak Out
A 1st grader in Ocala is killed while trying to cross I-75. His mother and neighbors speak out about measures they feel... could have been taken to prevent this.
Seven year-old Oscar Anguiano had already made it across I-75 once successfully...while following some older friends late friday night.
He was attempting to cross the highway again to return home when he was struck by at least two vehicles.
His mother says she can't fanthom why her little 1st grader crossed the six lane highway... but she says she doesn't want his death to be in vain.
Aurea Hernandez says her 9 year-old son Kareem came home late friday night after playing with Anguiano. she says her son was warned about crossing I-75 as well as Anguiano.
"That could've been my kid too."
She told her son don't you ever dare do that...come to find out he went ahead and did it."
Hernandez says a brick wall would have prevented this.
They should put up a wall so no other child will jump that fence and so that this same thing will happen."
Today at his school...college park elementary...counselors were on hand to help students deal with the loss. His teacher, Yanay Lanaz, says his classmates are still trying to wrap their young minds around the event.
"It was shock. They were sad and they wrote about being sad but it wasn't like when I found out. I was glad I found out on a saturday because I wouldn't have been able to function. I mean I wouldn't have been able to even speak."
Through an interpreter..his mother Monica Torres says her son knows it's forbidden for him to cross I-75 and thinks when he saw the older children do it...that it made him follow them.
Hernandez says this should be a lesson to all parents.
"It could happen to your child, it could happen to anybody. you're here now and then you're gone in a second. Be more protective of your child. Know where they are...be outside looking for them because if you don't...it may be too late."
FHP are looking for the two vehicles witnesses say struck Anguiano. A dark colored F-350 and a white car.
Shani Muhammad WCJB TV 20 NEWS.
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