5 Kids Hit by Car While Walking Home From Bus Stop, 1 Fatally

Former law enforcement officer arrested for alleged drunk driving
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 28, 2017 1:53 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Florida sheriff's deputy was sleeping Thursday afternoon when his 11-year-old daughter called and asked him to pick her up at her school bus stop. Seconds later, she started screaming into the phone, "Dad, help me, help me!" Polk County Sheriff's Deputy Jonathan Quintana told reporters Friday that he assumed the worst as he jumped out of bed and ran barefoot to the bus stop. He found his daughter safe, but immediately saw the carnage left when a suspected drunken driver hit five of her fellow students as they were walking home from the stop. Officials said Jahiem Robertson, 13, died of his injuries Friday morning, the AP reports. Another child, John Mena, 13, remains in intensive care with orbital fractures. Three other children suffered minor injuries.

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A witness at the scene pointed out the car that had allegedly just crashed into the children, who were not in the road when they were hit. Quintana saw the vehicle had hit another car about 4,000 feet down the road. The driver then stumbled out of the vehicle. A woman who was four months pregnant was injured in that crash, according to authorities. Quintana arrested John Camfield, 48, a former law enforcement officer who worked for 10 different agencies in Mississippi before moving to Florida. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Camfield initially refused to take a breath test after his arrest, but after being advised that two of the children he hit were in critical condition, he agreed to take a breath test and a blood draw. "Seven hours after the crash, he still read a .14," nearly twice Florida legal limit, Judd said. He faces multiple charges. (Read more drunk driving stories.)

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