No criminal charges after Lee County student killed boarding bus

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A portrait of Cameron Mayhew is hung as part of a memorial. Mayhew, a Fort Myers High School student, was struck and killed while he was boarding a school bus.

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The State Attorney’s Office determined Wednesday that Zachary Treinen, 23, the driver who hit and killed 16-year-old Cameron Mayhew, will not face any criminal charges for the teen’s death.

“It’s not fair. There is no justice,” Michael Mayhew, Cameron’s father, said.  “He obviously had no regard human life when he decide ‘You know what? I’m just going to hit the gas and pass this bus.'”

Cameron Mayhew, a student at Fort Myers High school, was struck while trying to board his school bus in June. The teen’s bus was stopped with the red stop sign extended when Treinen hit him.

After the Florida Highway Patrol concluded its investigation in September, Treinen’s driver’s license was suspended and he was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine — a small consequence for his part in taking a child’s life, according to Cameron Mayhew’s parents. They met with the state attorney’s office Wednesday to learn if they could pursue criminal charges against Treinen, who was not charged by FHP.

But the SAO said its expert on vehicular manslaughter, State Attorney Martin Stark, agreed with FHP.

“Vehicular Manslaughter Assistant State Attorney Martin Stark agreed with FHP’s finding following his review of the evidence provided and supporting case law,” an SAO statement read. “Florida law states that passing a school bus is a civil citation. The supporting evidence provided by FHP did not rise to a level to prove recklessness as required by the law.”

Cameron Mayhew’s family left the meeting with broken hearts.

“There’s nothing good — there’s nothing good to come out of this,” Cameron’s mother, Sherry Stevens, said Wednesday.

Stevens reminded drivers to take extra precautions at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. She said she drives past the spot where her son was hit every single day because there is only one route to get to her home.

“It’s horrible. I could be having an OK day — it’s one way in and one way out. I have to pass through this. I have to relive the accident scene every day,” she said.

Her son died after he was struck near the corner of Pine Ridge Road and Bombay Lane. Now Stevens vows to take her fight for justice to legislators.

“We’re going to fight for laws to change,” she said. “Nobody should have to go through this.”


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