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Winter Haven student hit by vehicle while walking to her school bus Thursday morning

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Posted at 7:07 AM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 09:56:44-05

A Winter Haven High School student was hit by a vehicle while walking to her bus Thursday morning.

Winter Haven Police and the Polk County Sheriff's Office are on scene at Ave. G NW and 22nd St NW. Authorities say a 16-year-old girl was struck by a vehicle near a bus stop before 7 a.m. Thursday.

The parents of the child are at the scene.

Police say the incident resulted in serious bodily injuries and the girl was airlifted from the scene at about 6:50 a.m. Medical staff determined her injuries are non-life-threatening and she is expected to make a full recovery.

Polk Sheriff's Office says the driver did remain on scene.

The car that struck her was being driven by an 18-year-old teen who was on his way to work - he told deputies he did not see her. He was driving westbound approaching the bus.

Editor's note: Police previously reported the teen was riding her bike. Their release was later updated to say she was walking to the bus.