ALACHUA, Fla. - On Friday morning, Jan. 20, 2023, at approximately 7:05 a.m., the Alachua Police Department’s (APD) Communication Center received a 911 call transfer from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Combined Communication Center stating that a juvenile had been struck by a vehicle in the 15400 block of Hipp Wayy, near Criswell Park, Alachua.

APD officers arrived on scene at approximately 7:09 a.m., within minutes of receiving the call. The five-year-old boy was alive but had sustained visible injuries to the head. Officers began first-aid. Due to the severity of the injuries, the APD requested assistance from the Florida Highway Patrol.

The child was transported by ambulance to the hospital, where he was pronounced deceased by hospital staff.

The Florida Highway Patrol will be conducting the traffic homicide investigation to determine the cause of the vehicle accident; therefore, requested updates will need to be made through their office.

The child's name is not being released by authorities at this time due to the open investigation and the State of Florida's Marsy’s Law, but he is known to be Kaiden, an Irby Elementary School student.

The Alachua Police Department extends its condolences to the family and friends of the young boy that lost his life and thank the Florida Highway Patrol for their assistance in this tragic event. 

A GoFundMe account fundraiser has been created to honor Kaiden’s memory and cover his final expenses. To view the GoFundMe, visit: https://gofund.me/14b55138.

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