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Student, 15, struck by 3 vehicles, killed in Polk, deputies say

A 15-year-old Lake Region High School student was struck by three vehicles and killed while running across U.S. 17 in Polk County this morning, deputies said.

Codey Robert Means, of Eagle Lake, was crossing the southbound lanes of U.S. 17 just south of the intersection with Winter Lake Road at 6:10 a.m., deputies said. He didn’t use one of two crosswalks in the area, which is close to the high school, and darted into the path of a 1999 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, according to a release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Juan Camacho, 48, of Kissimmee, was driving the pickup and tried to avoid Codey by swerving to the right, deputies said. The right side of the pickup struck Codey. He was then hit by a 2-door Chevrolet driven by Taunja Moore, 48, and another Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Gregory Crather, 54, deputies said.

The three drivers stopped and tried to help the boy but he died at the scene, deputies said.

A crisis team was assembled at the high school to help students and teachers cope, deputies said.

The sheriff’s office originally reported Codey’s last name as Kierstead, but said later that his last name was legally changed to Means in 2014.

The southbound lanes of U.S. 17 were closed at Winter Lake Road, deputies said. The northbound lanes were also congested as deputies directed traffic around the crash.

Drivers should avoid the area.

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