• Walk-to-school blind spot worries Poinciana parents


    POINCIANA, Fla. - Many parents walk their kids to school early in the morning. For some in Osceola County, they are narrowly missed by speeding cars.

    Parents along Darlington Court in Poinciana told Eyewitness News a blind spot with overgrown grass and shrubs is a causing a serious hazard for them and their kids.

    Channel 9's Roy Ramos talked to the principal of Deerwood Elementary School about what they're doing to keep their students safe.

    Parents said they say they want this area cut down or something to be done to ensure the safety of their children when walking to school.

    Brenda Soto is the mother of two Deerwood Elementary School students in Poinciana who walk to and from school.

    "Cars will just fly by and not even pay mind to the kids," Soto said.

    She lives right across the street from the San Lorenzo school zone on Darlington Court. It is that commute up Darlington Court that she says is a danger zone.

    "Eventually something is going to happen when a kid is really going to get hurt because the car is not going to see him," Soto said.

    Soto said she would like the bushes gone so traffic can see the kids and kids can see the traffic.

    Eyewitness News did a property record search.

    The property is privately owned by a couple in New Jersey. According to code enforcement, they don't need to maintain it because it is a natural state lot that hasn't been cleared for development.

    Eyewitness News asked Derwood Elementary's assistant principal Jason Hayes if something more could be done to keep students safe.

    "We want to do everything we can to ensure the safety of children when they are on our campus but also when they are coming and going to school," Hayes said.

    Hayes said they would have a faculty member on Darlington Court so that drivers slow down and see those children walking to and from school.

    The teachers will be monitoring traffic near that blind spot starting Thursday morning.

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