FHP: Driver arrested after teen dies in hit-and-run bonds out

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —

A woman was arrested on charges of hitting and killing a teen boy who was crossing SR-436 in Orange County, authorities said.

Omar Javier LaBoy Figueroa, 13, was walking home from a 7-Eleven at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday and was using the crosswalk, said officers.

Investigators said Jennifer Herrington, 51, ran a red light, hit the teen, and then drove off.

"He had the right of way. He was in the crosswalk, just like he was supposed to," said Kim Montes of the Florida Highway Patrol.

A man said he saw Herrington hit Figueroa and followed her to keep her from getting away.

"Luckily, that gentleman got involved and gave us exactly what we needed for our investigation," said Montes.

Katrina Jochum was one of several people who said she saw the entire thing.

She said the memory of the middle-schooler being hit kept playing over and over in her mind.

"You could tell, he was such a young boy -- and so innocent looking," Jochum said.

Herrington then rear-ended a car that was stopped at another light.

Herrington was taken to a hospital for blood tests to determine whether she was intoxicated at the time of the incidents.

"Her behavior is not normal. However, we're looking to see what is causing her behavior," said Montes.

Figueroa was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital, where he later died.

"She [Figueroa's mother] was very upset. She could barely get anything out," said Montes.

Herrington was booked into the Orange County Jail and bonded out Monday.

Herrington didn't answer any questions as she walked away.

She wore a hat, had two men by her side, kept her head low and rushed to a waiting car.