Carvez Peterson, a wide receiver on the West Florida High freshman football team, was killed late Friday night after being hit by an automobile while crossing W Street.
According to a news release from the Florida Highway Patrol, Khadija Aujahne William, 21, of Pensacola was traveling south on the inside lane of North W Street approaching Lloyd Street when he hit an unidentified male.
Peterson was walking east across the southbound lanes of North W Street when William’s car hit him. He was pronounced dead on scene.
On Saturday, officials with the West Florida High football program confirmed the victim is Peterson.
“He came out late, right after school started,” said Harry Lees, varsity coach for the Jaguars. “We only had him three weeks in the program. We got to know him a little bit.
“He had a real good attitude, always had a smile on his face … He was a real good kid. It’s just a shame.”
Lees and the rest of the varsity team received the news while traveling home from Friday night’s 34-14 win against Cairo, Ga., when a freshman on the bus received a message on his phone.
“It was kind of a shocker,” Lees said.
Peterson’s freshmen teammates already are planning ways to honor him during Thursday’s 7 p.m. game against Pine Forest — from special stickers on their helmets to carrying his jersey, No. 28, to midfield for the coin toss.
Grief counselors will be available at West Florida High on Monday morning as well.
“He’s a happy kid,” freshman coach William Helton said. “He was always smiling. He wasn’t starting, but he was just happy to be out there with the kids. He was about 6-2, 6-3 … He didn’t go through the summer workouts, he was playing catch-up. But he was coming along good.
“It’s kind of a hard pill to swallow.”
Florida Highway Patrol is handling the investigation.