‘It’s just going to get worse’: Sheriff calls for crackdown on street racing after 11-year-old girl killed in crash

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — The Osceola County sheriff is calling for a crackdown on street racing after an 11-year-old girl died in a crash potentially caused by a race over the weekend.

The crash happened Friday night around 11p.m. near the intersection of US-192 and Secret Lake Drive.

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Troopers said the small SUV that the 11-year-old girl was riding in was crushed.

Troopers said the girl never had a chance because the car that hit it traveled all the way into the SUV’s back seat, past where she sat.

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While Sheriff Marco Lopez said he didn’t want to talk about the investigation because its not his department’s case, the cause of the crash is suspected to be street racing.

He said since January, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office has issued nearly 700 citations for speeding, reckless driving and racing, and they’ve held joint operations with other agencies to deal with traffic issues.

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Lopez said it’s a huge problem right now, and believes he needs more deputies to deal with it.

“If we don’t start addressing this, you know, it’s just going to get worse and worse as our county in our community grows,” he said.

Jeff Deal, WFTV.com

I joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in 2006.

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.