A child has died almost seven months after being hit by a driver in Wilton Manors, an incident that left two other family members dead.
La'Ziyah Stukes, who turned 10 in March, died on July 11 due to injuries she sustained from the Dec. 27, 2021 accident, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Sean Charles Greer, 27, was driving down Powerline Road when a Broward County Transit bus was stopped to let off passengers. When the bus attempted to merge back into the lanes, Greer cut off the bus, leading him to drive off the roadway and onto the sidewalk where the six children, including Laziyah, were walking.
“When he cut in front of me he went straight for the kids,” bus driver Selvin Arjun told CBS 4 at the time.
Andrea Fleming, 6, and Kylie Jones, 5, were pronounced dead at the scene while Laziyah, Draya Fleming, 9, Johnathan Carter, 10, and Audre Fleming, 2, were taken to Broward Medical Center for treatment. Wilton Manors Police Chief Gary Blocker said bystanders “sprang into action” after the accident to attend to the children.
Greer sped up to leave the scene of the deadly accident and police found his vehicle the next day. He was arrested shortly after and BSO said he confessed to hitting the kids. He has since pleaded not guilty to all 23 counts against him, including three counts of leaving the scene of an accident causing death.
Wilton Manors was rocked by the tragedy, and some feel that more needs to be done to protect residents using Powerline Road.
“We as a neighborhood on the Westside have begged, pleaded and written to officials and participated in FDOT’s mollifying ‘surveys’ to lower speeds and enhance safety on [Powerline Road]; to no tangible results for years,” said Wilton Manors resident Jake Valentine.
Greer has multiple arrests, including drug infractions and domestic violence. He was driving with a suspended license at the time and on probation for burglary of a dwelling. His next court date is in October.
The family has set up a GoFundMe to help with funeral costs.