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Five Students Hit by Drunk Driver at Polk County Bus Stop, One Dead

A teenager is dead following a tragic accident in which a drunk driver left the road and struck five students who had just been dropped off at a bus stop. Reports indicate the drunk driver was a former police officer.

About the Drunk Driving Accident and Resulting Death

According to ABC Action News, 13-year old Jaheim Robertson was pulled from life-support Saturday after being pronounced brain dead on Friday.

Jaheim  was among five students struck by a drunk driver in Poinciana Thursday evening. The driver, 48-year-old John Camfield, has been arrested and is facing 11 separate charges which may be adjusted following Jaheim’s death.

Witnesses say Camfield was driving on Allegheney Road just before 5 pm when he suddenly lurched forward and veered of the shoulder near Athabasca Drive.

Camfield’s vehicle struck five Dundee ridge Middle Academy students. Jonte Robertson, 15, Rylan Pryce, 12, and Jaheim’s sister, Jasmine Robertson, 14, sustained glancing blows from the car and were treated at the scene.

Jaheim and 13-year-old Juan Mena suffered serious injuries and were transported to the Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando, where Jaheim later died. Juan was placed in the ICU with orbital fractures.

Camfield attempted to drive away from the scene before hitting a parked car on Poinciana Parkway. Camfield formerly served as a law enforcement officer in Mississippi.

 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 28 people die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver every day. In addition,

  • The cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion each year.
  • In 2014, 9,967 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.
    • This accounts for 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
  • Sixteen percent of motor vehicle crashes involve drugs (legal or illegal) other than alcohol.

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