Teen struck, killed near Tampa high school

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A 17-year-old Chamberlain High School student died Tuesday morning after she was struck by a car while crossing Busch Boulevard near the school.

The accident occurred around 7:15 a.m. about two blocks west of North Boulevard. Police say Alexis Miranda, of Tampa, was crossing Busch Boulevard on her way to Chamberlain High when Belovedofgod Chiza Ndegwa, age 33, of Maryland, hit her.

Ndegwa was traveling west on Busch Boulevard and was in the center double turn lane. Miranda was not using a crosswalk to cross the road. She was in the center double turn lane when she was hit, according to TPD.

Miranda died at the scene. Police say Ndegwa is cooperating with detectives. The driver has not been charged at this time, but detectives have not ruled out criminal involvement, according to a TPD spokesperson.

Miranda was a non-traditional student at Chamberlain High, enrolled in a daytime GED class, according to TPD. A Hillsborough County Schools spokesperson said that a crisis team will be at the school on Tuesday.

Harold Locke of Expert & Quality Service, Inc., an air conditioning business, caught the accident on his surveillance video. It shows Miranda and two friends walking down the median of Busch Boulevard. Then, you can hear screams as drivers swerve out of the way.

“It’s terrible,” Locke said. “I can’t imagine what this family is going through.”

Locke was stuck in traffic on Busch Boulevard when the accident occurred. When he heard what happened, and where, he knew he would likely have video that shows something. “I had to watch it over and over again to give it to the police,” he said.

Locke went to Chamberlain himself and now has a 13-year-old daughter who is set to attend the school next year. He thinks there needs to be more crosswalks because he often sees students running across the busy road to get to the only side of Busch with a sidewalk.

“I’ve got a 13-year-old daughter and it’s just so sad to hear that someone lost their child. They’re at the prime of their life, 17 years old, just starting life,” Locke said.

 

The car involved in the deadly pedestrian crash.
The car involved in the deadly pedestrian crash.

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