Orlando, Florida (The Weekly Vice) - Jennifer Lee Herrington, a 51-year-old Florida woman, was jailed Monday after she allegedly tried to flee the scene after she ran down 13-year-old boy with car, tried to flee scene.
According to police, Herrington was driving at the intersection of North Semoran Blvd. and Old Cheney Highway when she struck 13-year-old Omar Figueroa with her car.
Witnesses told officers that Herrington ignored a red light and struck Figueroa while he was using the crosswalk at around 7 p.m. Sunday night.
Investigators say the impact of the hit threw the boy some distance. He was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
After striking Figueroa, Herrington reportedly tried to flee the scene in her vehicle, leaving Figueroa behind to die. Her vehicle was stopped about a block down the road when she became wedged between two other cars while attempting to squeeze in between them during the failed escape.
A witness seized the opportunity to grab Herrington's keys out of her ignition while her car was stopped. Herrington reportedly slapped the witness's hands as he fought to get the keys.
Witnesses held Herrington inside her car until Troopers arrived on the scene. She was then taken to Winter Park Hospital where blood was drawn prior to her incarceration.
She was booked into the Orange County Jail and charged with leaving the scene of a deadly crash, with further charges pending the investigation.
She remains held in lieu of $10,000 bond.
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