A rising high school senior in Florida was killed after she was hit by a drunk driver while riding her bike.
Citing a statement from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the New York Daily News reports that Sophia Delott, 17, was hit while she was cycling in the bike lane on the Indian Rocks Causeway Bridge on Friday night. The teen was reportedly thrown from her bike and taken to a nearby hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
The driver, 69-year-old Neil Singhal, allegedly veered into the bike lane, and has since been charged with DUI manslaughter.
The sheriff’s office statement reportedly noted that the bicycle did not have front or rear lights.
Delott was the only female student who played for the boy’s football team at Seminole High School, and was planning to join the Marines. The team’s Twitter account posted a memorial message about the teen girl.
“Our Sophie was taken from us last night by a drunk driver,” it read. “She was a Warhawk. She was a Marine. She was our friend.”
The suspect was reportedly booked into the Pinellas County Jail.
[Feature image: Sophie Delott/Facebook memorial photo]