A Hernando County teenager died Friday morning after the Florida Highway Patrol said he was hit by a van while walking along a road.
Trevor Bowen, 16, of Brooksville, was walking along the eastern edge of California Street at about 6:50 a.m. when he was struck by a van driven by 64-year-old Larry E. Marsh, also of Brooksville, according to the Highway Patrol.
Bowen was a 10-grade student at Hernando High School, said Karen Jordan, a spokesperson for the Hernando County School District. He played junior-varsity football and was on the weightlifting team, she said. Through her, Hernando High staff declined to comment.
Bowen died at the scene, the Highway Patrol said. Alcohol was not involved in the crash, the agency said, and charges against Marsh were pending.
“He’s a good kid with a lot of energy and always a smile on his face,” said a post on the Facebook page for the Hernando Leopard Quarterback Club, the football team’s booster association.
The Leopards were scheduled to play at Crystal River High School on Friday night. After the game, according to the Quarterback Club’s page, there was a raffle planned at the Beef 'O’ Brady’s restaurant on Horse Lake Road, with half the funds raised going toward expenses for Bowen’s funeral.