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11-year-old girl dies after being hit by car in Tucson

Posted at 7:10 AM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 18:34:03-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — An 11-year-old girl died Tuesday afternoon after she was hit by a car in Tucson Sunday evening.

Tucson Police released the information Thursday afternoon, identifying the girl as Belen Mejia-Renteria. Her family was with her when she passed, police say.

It happened near the intersection of Fort Lowell and Flowing Wells Roads at around 7:40 p.m. Sunday.

Police say she was walking through a crosswalk on Flowing Wells equipped with a HAWK light, but didn't activate the traffic signal before crossing. Witnesses told police she was walking quickly with her head down when the Jeep Wrangler hit her.

The driver immediately pulled over and cooperated with investigators, police said. A DUI officer determined the driver involved was not impaired at the time of the crash. Police also say speed was not a factor.

The driver told police he didn't see the girl until the last minute.

Tucson Police detectives are still investigating the crash, but haven't issued any charges or citations so far.

Traffic was shut down in both directions on Flowing Wells.