Marion County

10-year-old boy dies after being hit by car while walking to school with his mom

MARION COUNTY, Fla. — Troopers in Marion County said a 10-year-old boy has died after he was hit by a car while walking to school with his mom Wednesday morning.

The boy, Ja’Siah Williams, was struck around 6:51 a.m. on County Road 318, east of Northwest 110 Court, according to a report.

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A 34-year-old driver from Silver Springs was going west on CR-318 in a 1998 Ford Escort when the crash occurred.

Troopers said Ja’Siah walked south to cross CR-318 once other cars going east on the roadway had passed.

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The Silver Springs driver tried to avoid Ja’Siah but could not and struck him before running off the road and hitting several mailboxes and a tree, troopers said.

Ja’Siah was taking to UF Shands hospital where he was pronounced dead at around 7:35 a.m.

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Officials with Marion County Public Schools said Ja’Siah was a student at Reddick-Collier Elementary School.

Channel 9 will continue to monitor this crash and provide updates on Eyewitness News.

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