Polk teen hit by car on way to school dies from injuries

Jacob Scott, family photo

POLK CITY, Fla. (WFLA) — A Polk City teenager who was hit by a car on his way to his school bus stop last week has died from his injuries.

Investigators say Jacob Scott, 13, was walking along the edge of Barfield Road at 7:43 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 22. when he was hit by a 2012 Kia Sorento driven by Michael Edmondson, 29, of Polk City.

Edmondson told deputies the sun was in his eyes and he could not see.

Investigators say it appears as though Edmondson’s Kia drifted off the right shoulder of the road as it entered a left curve.  Edmondson struck Scott and immediately spun to a stop coming to rest on the south shoulder of the road.  Scott appears to have been carried with the Kia for 40 feet until it began to spin.

Edmondson immediately contacted authorities about the crash. Scott’s guardian, Guy Gnagy arrived at the scene and began performing CPR on Scott.  Polk County Fire and Medic units arrived and Scott was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital as a trauma alert where he was originally listed in critical condition.

On Sunday, August 27, he died from his injuries.

The boy’s family released the following statement:

“Words cannot describe the unimaginable pain caused by losing a child. Jacob was a bright, loving and sweet boy. He had many friends, loved reading and would never hesitate to help someone in need. In the midst of this terrible tragedy, Jacob’s spirit will live on the hearts of his family, as well as the families of four individuals who received lifesaving organs, one of whom was also a 13-year-old boy. The ‘Donate Life’ flag waves in Jacob’s honor at Tampa General hospital for three days after which time it will be given to Jacob’s family.”

Investigators say Edmondson was wearing a seat belt and the front airbags did not deploy.  An on scene review of Edmondson’s phone indicated he had not received any calls or texts since 9:00 pm the night before, according to deputies who also say excessive speed does not appear to be a factor.

Edmondson is fully cooperating with the investigation.

A school spokesperson released this statement: “We are deeply saddened that our student, Jacob Scott, has passed away after being struck last week by a vehicle on his way to his bus stop. The loss of such a young life is devastating to his family and loved ones. We share in their loss, and they remain in our thoughts and prayers. Jacob was a new student this year at Lake Alfred-Addair Middle. Crisis counselors were on campus today and will be available for as long as needed,” Jason Geary, Senior Coordinator Media Relations with Polk County Public Schools emailed.

When asked about the safety of the bus stop Geary said, “One of our safety specialists conducted a review of the bus stop location and the walk from Jacob’s home. The specialist determined that the bus stop meets state guidelines and that the walk did not meet the state’s hazardous walking conditions.

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