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Police identify teen killed by car on westside

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Posted at 12:31 PM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 15:15:22-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - Tucson police identified a teenage girl killed by a car Thursday morning.

Police say 17-year-old Joana Sendino, a student at Cholla High School, was crossing Silverlake Road northward west of Cottonwood Lane. She was not in a crosswalk.

A silver 2016 Chevrolet Cruz was heading eastbound in the median while a large truck was heading eastbound in the curb lane ahead of the car.

Witnesses say Sendino ran across the road after the truck passed in front of her. As she entered the median lane, the Cruz hit her. Sendino later died from her injuries. The driver saw Sendino but could not stop in time.

Detectives say speed may have been a factor in the crash. The driver stayed at the scene to cooperate with the investigation.

Police continue to investigate. Those with information should call 88-CRIME.

Cholla High School sent this letter to parents:

It is with great sadness I must inform you of the death of a Cholla Student. We encourage you to talk with your child. How we, as adults, manage ourselves serves as an important model for helping kids handle tragedies like this. It is important that they know they are loved and supported as they talk about their feelings. We have had a team of counselors and District support at school throughout the day to provide emotional support for our students and staff. If you have special counseling concerns or would like additional support for your child, please call us at 520-225-4004. Our deepest sympathies go to the family.