Florida Highway Patrol Brings Christmas Gifts to Family of Immokalee Vehicular Fatality

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October 7, 2016 began as did any other school day for Luis Renosa Francisco.  One of Magdalena Francisco’s five children, Luis, 6, and his eldest brother, Andres, set off to meet the school bus near the intersection of North 19th Street and Immokalee Drive.  Accompanied by their grandfather, they walked along the grassy, west shoulder of North 19th Street.  Luis failed to reach the corner.  He was struck and killed by a black pickup truck.  Reportedly, Luis “darted out” into the street and the 2007 GMC Sierra was unable to avoid him. Luis was transported to NCH Northeast but did not survive his injuries.  Florida Highway Patrol Lieutenant, Greg Bueno, frequently mentions that horrific morning.  Luis’ name has arisen in several conversations over the course of the past two months.  The Lieutenant was not going to forget Luis, or his family, at Christmas time.  Thanks to the kindness and benevolence of his fellow troopers, as well as an anonymous donor, the Florida Highway Patrol was able to purchase a stockpile of assorted gifts for Luis’ four siblings, Alex, 5; Vibiana, 8; Celia, 9; and Andres, 11.  Four FHP vehicles, including a cargo van, covertly approached the family home in Immokalee shortly after the children arrived home from school.  With the cooperation and support of their mother, the children were kept occupied while FHP staff topped the front lawn with bicycles, toys and other assorted gifts.  Upon exiting the home, the children were clearly taken aback by the collection of toys and the presence of both FHP troopers and the media.  After all of the gifts were unwrapped, Magdalena Francisco invited all into her home to see photographs of her late son, Luis.  “It broke our hearts,” professed Bueno. “We wanted to do something for this family…to remind these children that this world can still be a magical place.  That’s what the holidays are about.”  The children repeatedly thanked the Florida Highway Patrol staff and even thanked members of the media for visiting.

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