Former homicide investigator gives insight into Cape Coral hit-and-run

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8-year-old girl in a hit-and-run crash Monday morning. (Credit: Aiken Family)
8-year-old girl in a hit-and-run crash Monday morning. (Credit: Aiken Family)

We confirmed a helicopter is investigating above the area where a truck hit and killed a child. Eight-year-old Layla Aiken was hit and killed Monday at a school bus stop in Cape Coral.

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It’s been five days since her death, and Cape Coral police Department has not released the name of their person of interest or made an arrest. CPD confirmed a red truck hit Aiken at the bus stop.

Ed Sommers is a former traffic homicide investigator and current senior technician with an accident reconstruction group. Sommers said investigators are likely waiting for DNA results and gathering evidence from the truck they believe hit and killed Aiken.

“If they had a helicopter up, they’re looking for, you know, is there anything else?” Sommers said. “Possible suspects, possible vehicles, that could be being hidden from their plain view … You can also go up in the helicopter and take aerial photos.”

Sommers also said investigators are likely using a reader to break down information from the truck in question.

“The vehicle speed, braking, steering,” Sommers said. “This is what everyone considers the black box reader.”

Sommers is not surprised police have not made an arrest for Aiken’s death.

“Either the drivers gonna have to admit it, or they’re gonna have to have some kind of physical evidence to say, ‘Yes, he was the driver before they can make an arrest.’”

WINK News exclusively shared video of a truck matching the description of that vehicle at an impound lot in Cape Coral. It appears to be the same truck officers surrounded and towed away just hours after Aiken’s death.

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

WINK News has followed up with Cape Coral police every day this week.

Trust WINK News to update you as more information becomes available.

RELATED: A group of mothers who wanted to raise $5,000 for Aiken’s family told WINK News they have raised more than $60,000. On Saturday, anyone interested in making a donation to help raise more money for the cause can visit the Lights for Layla event at Cape Assembly Church off Skyline Boulevard from 1 to 3 p.m.

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