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Girl, 17, hospitalized after Lakeland crash


Published:   |   Updated: March 31, 2014 at 08:28 PM

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a pedestrian crash today that has left a 17-year-old high school girl in critical condition.

Hailey Collier, of Lakeland, was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center in critical condition after a 2 p.m. crash that involved a classmate at Peterson and Gus Stewart roads in Lakeland, the sheriff’s office said.

Collier, a student at George Jenkins High School, had left the school with friends and was walking on the sidewalk along Peterson Road. When she got to the intersection of Peterson and Gus Stewart roads, she and her friends separated. Collier walked alone heading south across Peterson Road.

But as she crossed Peterson, she walked into the path of a Honda Civic driven by 16-year-old Roy Khalife, also a student at George Jenkins High, the sheriff’s office said. Khalife had just left the school and was heading east on Peterson Road, the sheriff’s office said.

Collier was thrown 25 feet. Khalife pulled over to the shoulder of the road, the sheriff’s office said.

It appears that Collier’s view of Khalife’s car may have been obstructed because she began to cross the road once a westbound car passed her, the sheriff’s office said.

It doesn’t appear that Khalife was driving impaired or distracted at the time of the crash, the sheriff’s office said. Criminal charges aren’t anticipated at this time, the sheriff’s office said. Khalife and his passenger were wearing seat belts.

The case remains under investigation.

The intersection was closed during the investigation but has reopened, the sheriff’s office said.

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