An 18-year-old man hit by a car while walking home from school on Wednesday remains in critical condition.
According to Tampa police, the student and his friend were running northbound on 40th Street trying to cross Hillsborough Avenue against the light when he was struck.
The man was hit by a woman driving a Toyota Camry. She apparently stopped immediately once she realized she had hit the man.
This unfortunate collision comes about three weeks after two other students were struck trying to cross a busy stretch of Hillsborough Avenue.
The students and sisters, 14 and 15, were hit by a vehicle on Hillsborough Avenue near 25th Street on March 18 while walking to school.
The 15-year-old died four days after the crash.
Tampa police, along with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Hillsborough County Schools, are working to launch a PSA campaign to educate students about traffic safety.
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