BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — Friends and family members are remembering a 10th-grader who was hit and killed by a vehicle Friday morning.

  • Trevor Bowen, 16, hit and killed Friday morning along California Street
  • He was a student at Hernando High School
  • FHP still investigating crash

The Florida Highway Patrol said Trevor Bowen, 16, was fatally struck by a van as he walked along California Street just before 7 a.m. Troopers said the road was dark, there were no lights in the area, and that Bowen was wearing dark clothing. The van's lights were on at the time, but one man who lives nearby said it can be hard to see on the street before the sun comes up.

"It's dark. They ought to put street lights all over this place, but that isn't going to happen," said John, a neighbor who didn't want to give his last name.

Hernando County Schools Public Information Officer Karen Jordan said Trevor was a student at Hernando High School. He was a member of the JV football and weight lifting teams.

"This news has hit us all very, very hard — especially the staff and the students," said Jordan. “He is beloved by his peers. His teachers, his administrators, and his coaches describe him as just an amazing student leader.”

An FHP spokesperson said Bowen was walking away from his bus stop at the time of impact and it was unclear where he was headed. 

Along with a Care Team and guidance counselors, Jordan said social workers and school administrators were on hand to help students and staff struggling with Trevor's death. She said they'd be available as long as they were needed. 

According to FHP, drugs and alcohol aren't suspected to be factor in the crash.

The case is pending and no charges have been filed against the driver.