Investigation into 9-Year-Old Killed in Pharr Auto-Ped Accident Underway
PHARR – On Tuesday, orange marks on the pavement can only show part of what happened in Pharr.
"A gentleman had come in, in a panicking state saying if we had any blankets here to cover a pedestrian that just been hit," said Michelle Diaz.
Diaz is an employee at a business in the 1200 block of west Polk Avenue.
"This has been kind of an issue we've talked about. My family's business has been here since ‘97 and of course you have the expressway right here and people are just going. I mean they are just flying through here going 60 (miles per hour) the most," said Diaz.
Diaz said Pharr police arrived in front of the store. She found out a 9-year-old girl was hit by a red pickup truck.
"The girl I was speaking to, she said that she was still breathing and that they were crossing and they had looked to the right and I don't know if it was blind side a car came and hit the girl," recalls Diaz.
Diaz saw emergency responders treat the girl and drive off.
Hours later, police told CHANNEL 5 NEWS the 9-year-old didn't survive the collision and died at the hospital.
Now, the police are investigating. The city is helping them with different angles of the area where the accident happened. They put their drones into action.
"When you go up and you have a bird’s eye view, as the industry shown that drones are more and more prevalent in public safety and also the commercial market that an elevated view allows for discovery of possibly of some other evidence," said emergency management coordinator, Jason Arms.
Diaz said this is a tragedy felt by all.
"I'm extremely sorry. My heart goes out to them. My prayers go out to their family. It’s just a devastating experience for her and her family and for us as well,” Diaz expressed her sympathy.
Pharr police are looking into the cause and talking to the driver.
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