Pedestrian and High School Senior (Jean Cherilus) Hit by a Car That Veered Off of Vineland Road

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An Evans High School senior athlete was tragically killed after he was struck by a Ford pickup truck. The 17-year-old senior was identified as Jean Cherilus. Cherilus was killed during the early morning when the Ford veered off Vineland Road and onto the grass shoulder where Cherilus was walking. The driver of the Ford was identified as 52-year-old Richard Lawson of Kissimmee. Cherilus was walking in the northbound should of the road when Lawson’s southbound truck veered right and struck the teen. The impact propelled Cherilus forward. Cherilus was pronounced dead at the scene around 9 a.m. Cherilus is suspected to be walking around the area because he has family nearby. Cherilus was a part of the wrestling, track, and footballs teams at Evan High School in Orlando, Florida. He was described by those as a “very sweet kid.” Charges are pending while investigators determine whether or not alcohol was a factor. The tragedy of this teen is a tragedy for his family and community. Vehicular-related deaths are the number one killer for teenagers. For more details on Jean Cherilus and his tragic death please read Orlando teen killed after hit by Ford pickup.

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