10-Year Old Bicyclist Dies After Being Hit By SUV

May 19, 2017

A child airlifted to the hospital after being struck by a vehicle Thursday morning has died.

The Florida Highway Patrol said 10-year-old Delilgha Rosa-Clark of Pensacola died at Sacred Heart Hospital from injuries she received after being hit by a SUV on Merlin Road at Oak View Drive. She was riding her bicycle to school without a helmet, according to troopers.

According to the FHP, 47-year old Frederick Kelly Wilder of Pensacola was in his 2015 Ford Edge approaching the intersection when he failed to observe and yield the right of way to Rosa-Clark on her bicycle. The girl was within a marked bicycle lane on the way to Hellen Caro Elementary School, troopers said.

The FHP said any charges against Wilder are pending the results of their traffic homicide investigation.

Counselors will be on hand at Hellen Caro Elementary on Friday to help students and staff death with the tragic death.


13 Responses to “10-Year Old Bicyclist Dies After Being Hit By SUV”

  1. Chris on May 22nd, 2017 5:27 pm

    “I am not sure children should be allowed to ride their bikes to school.” << With respect, it sounds like perhaps the adults shouldn't be allowed to drive cars near schools. Or we need bike lanes with physical barriers, rather than just worn paint.

  2. Mr reality on May 22nd, 2017 6:10 am

    im sure king sheriff will have traffic cops out there now…but a lil too lat….

  3. Tino on May 21st, 2017 11:38 pm

    I just want give my condolence to the Clark family for your loss.
    Second I just want to address Mr. Paul comments and asking was he present?
    Did he see what happen? If he wasn’t present then explain to everyone how this Ford Edge small SUV with a ground clearance of 12 – 16 inches ended up on top of the bicycle? also Mr. Paul don’t forget this was a school zone with posted speed limits.

  4. paul on May 21st, 2017 3:28 pm

    @nod.. If he wasn’t distracted how did he hit her? Neighborhood speed limits are 25MPH in most areas and I can see the school zone sign in the vid. I didn’t say he was on a phone. That was just an accurate comparison.

  5. Mona Rust on May 20th, 2017 7:00 pm

    I am not sure children should be allowed to ride their bikes to school. The day assfter this happened there was a bike with training wheels parked at the school. I was not there so I don’t know what happened but there are no crosding guatds

  6. Odessa mitchell on May 20th, 2017 4:47 pm

    God Bless both Famlies in this time of Sadness and I will pray for thank u Lord Amen

  7. Nod on May 20th, 2017 12:29 pm

    Paul, i know for a fact he was not using his cell phone and he was not speeding and that he is crazy with grief. Don’ t jump to conclusions.

  8. Amanda on May 19th, 2017 8:30 pm

    Lord Father, thank you for this little light you had on Earth for ten precious years. Please bless her friends, family and the driver. Please Lord Jesus comfort them and the driver. Forgive us of our sins, and help us be more aware of our actions in daily life. Teach us Holy Spirit Jesus to value the little things, and especiously your presence Holy Spirit Jesus. Again, thank you for your Grace, Forgiveness and longsuffering in Jesus name. Acts 2:38.

  9. Nod on May 19th, 2017 5:56 pm

    I wonder who allowed her to ride without a helment? Would that have possibly saved her life. Driver was 100% wrong and i pray for her family.

  10. Andrea on May 19th, 2017 1:09 pm

    How sad for this little girl. People have become so irresponsible about driving these days. Everybody is in such a hurry to get to where they want to go. There’s more concern about the text messages coming in than the people on bicycles, motorcycles and the pedestrians.
    There needs to be stricter laws about driving, both with speeding as well as cell phone use.

  11. paul on May 19th, 2017 8:11 am

    There’s No excuse for running over a child in a school zone. I saw the bike under the car. Where was he looking? I’m so tired of hearing about distracted drivers. If you have a bottle in your hand you do about 20 years for a death you cause. If it’s a cell phone in your hand it’s just an accident. The results are the same to the victim so penalties to the driver should be the same also. RIP

  12. e. davis on May 19th, 2017 7:40 am

    My daughter has a bus stop on that road and it was a constant flow of speeding cars that were late for school, I contacted sheriffs dept and told them how dangerous it was, that was 2015….

  13. Mary on May 19th, 2017 6:54 am

    Father I pray for the family of this precious baby & ask that you comfort & love them even more. Father I also pray for Frederick Kelly Wilder, & I ask that You Father comfort him as well & help him to deal with this tragedy! In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!

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