POLK COUNTY, Fla. - Students begin their first day of classes, Thursday, in Polk County, but many parents are thinking about the tragic incident that happened at a bus stop last school year.
Authorities charged John Camfield after they said he drove drunk and hit middle school students who were walking home from their bus stop.
"I heard a loud screech, a bang, and then a loud screech again," 17-year-old Edward Ashton said.
Ashton and his family are looking forward to the new school year, but they will never forget what happened at the bus stop. The bus stop is located near Allegheney Road and Athabasca Drive.
"It hurts so much to see that it was a kid and an official -someone, who was a cop, hurt the baby," Penny Davido said.
Jahiem Robertson, 13, died.
"I get to go to a new year (and) new school, you know. I'm pumped up, but he doesn't get too so his life ended too short," Ashton said.
Davido said after the incident, parents pushed to make the busy road safer. Davido said there are multiple bus stops along the road.
"I don’t care what anybody says that is not right. It takes for a little boy to pass away, 4 other kids injured, a pregnant woman hurt, for you to say 'oh yeah let’s make a neighborhood safe enough for kids'," Davido said.
She is nervous about tomorrow because her daughter's bus stop is a block away from where Robertson was tragically killed.
“I thought they were going to have speed bumps by now. They’re working on the sidewalks, but I’m so scared (for) this first day of school," Davido said.
Camfield faces several charges, including DUI, DUI manslaughter, and vehicular manslaughter.