No arrest yet in Cape Coral hit-and-run that killed 8-year-old

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Cape Coral hit-and-run
Red Dodge pickup truck believed to be truck that hit and killed 8-year-old Layla Aiken at a Cape Coral bus stop Monday, March 25 – Photo by WINK News.

Only WINK News found a red pickup truck at a city impound lot that matches the description of the vehicle that killed an 8-year-old girl at her bus stop Monday. It also matches the truck shown in surveillance video just fifteen minutes after the deadly crash happened.

Investigators continue to work to confirm the driver of the truck that hit and killed Layla Aiken at a Cape Coral bus stop.

Since Tuesday, investigators have the truck they believe was involved. And WINK News believes it’s the same red Dodge pickup truck sitting in a local impound lot.

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“Everyone just wants an arrest, but hit-and-runs are pretty hard,” said Nicole Waid, a former prosecutor.

Waid said Cape Coral investigators are likely going through a process of elimination, finding any evidence they can to place the truck and the driver on the corner of NE 3rd Avenue and NE 19th Terrace Monday morning.

“In my experience, I think they’re speaking to witnesses,” Waid said. “I think they’re gathering all of the surveillance video they can get, and that doesn’t mean just at the scene of the crime. You’re also talking about, he parked the vehicle in a parking lot. So was there any surveillance video in that parking lot I could tie him to actually jumping out of that car?”

Cape Coral Police Department confirms they have a person of interest and surveillance video in the case. Police would not confirm the red truck we found at the impound lot is the red truck police are using as evidence in its investigation. However, they did say the truck is no longer sitting at the police department.

Investigators are now likely turning to DNA evidence on the truck or even behavior of the possible moments after the deadly crash.

“I’m sure this is what they’re doing,” Waid said. “They’re actually going house-by-house, canvassing that entire area to see what people found out, see if anyone saw anything, heard anything.”

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