SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Mourners placed flowers, teddy bears and lit candles next to the spot where a 5-year-old girl was hit and killed by a car Tuesday outside Parkview Elementary School Wednesday.
The girl had been walking with her aunt and 2-year-old sister in a crosswalk in the 300 block of Bluefield Drive next to the South San Jose school after classes ended for the day, San Jose police spokesman Officer Albert Morales said. Parents say they’ve been trying to get the city to enforce traffic laws in the neighborhood for months.
“There’s some family that woke up, went to sleep last night and woke up without their kid because someone was treating this like a speedway and we see that all the time,” said parent Jim Ashman. “Even this morning, we’ve seen cars speeding in and out.”
All three victims were hit by a 1990s Lexus RX300 at about 3:25 p.m. The man driving the SUV stopped at the scene and called 911 to report the collision, Morales said.
San Jose police arrived to find the 5-year-old suffering from life-threatening injuries and learned that a family member had taken the 2-year-old home, Morales said.
The 5-year-old girl was pronounced dead at 3:36 p.m.
The 2-year-old and the aunt were both taken to a hospital. The toddler was released from the hospital Tuesday night but the aunt is still hospitalized and under sedation Wednesday, Morales said.
Police have interviewed the driver about the accident and plan to question the aunt, Morales said.
“The driver was very cooperative with investigators,” Morales said. “We still have to draw some sort of conclusion as to what the cause was…And we won’t know that until we get our final investigations done.”
Morales declined to provide details about the driver except to say that it appears he was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident.
San Jose police are stepping up traffic enforcement and monitoring drivers’ speeds in the neighborhood, which is near West Capitol Expressway. On Wednesday parents were volunteering to monitor traffic and holding up signs asking drivers to slow down.