On Wednesday, February 5th, a 6-year-old boy passed away after being struck
by a tractor trailer as he rode his bicycle to school in Orange County.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Jaden Vasquez Vallejo, of Orlando,
was riding to Meadow Woods Elementary School when the semi truck, an 18-wheeler
flatbed truck hauling a load of construction lumber hit the 6-year-old
on Landstar Boulevard near State Road 417.
Vallejo was riding bicycles with his older brother, a fifth grader, at
the time of the fatal accident. His brother explained to police investigators
that they had both been walking their bikes across the street when the
tractor trailer hit Vallejo, dragging him underneath it. Before state
troopers arrived at the scene, Vallejo’s brother and mother, who
live close by, had attempted to start CPR on him.
Vallejo was rushed by ambulance to Nemours Children’s Hospital, where
he later died as a result of his injuries.
FHP said the truck driver, 47-year-old Raiford Reynolds, of Winter Haven,
failed to yield at the intersection and claimed that he did not see the
boy. Charges are currently pending against Reynolds, and he has three
minor traffic offenses on his motor-vehicle record.
The crash remains under police investigation. FHP is asking anyone who
may have witnessed the accident to contact them at (407) 737-2213.