Deborah Reyes, 13, dies in fatal pedestrian collision in Silver Spring
SILVER SPRING, Md. (WJLA) – A 13-year-old girl was struck and killed by a car in Silver Spring Tuesday night. Montgomery County police confirm officers were called to the 300 block of University Blvd. E. around 8:32 p.m. for a pedestrian accident.
A woman and a 13-year-old girl were reportedly watching a soccer game when the driver of a 2008 Ford Escape was driving in the rear of the parking lot of Eastern Middle School. The driver took to the curb, struck a sign so hard that it split in half, and then clipped a tree.
The adult woman suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The 13-year-old later died of her injuries.
Police have since identified the teenager as Deborah Roxana Reyes Casasola of the 900 block of Northampton Drive in Silver Spring.
On Wednesday, her mother was too distraught to say much now that her teenaged daughter is gone:
"She was friendly, she was lovely. Everybody knows her," she said.
Deborah Reyes' father, Wilburt Reyes, could barely keep it together. It was while he was coaching soccer on this field behind Eastern Middle School that the accident took place:
"When I turned around, I see my daughter under the car, rolling under the car like four, five times. She was bleeding from the nose, from the mouth, from the ear...bleeding like crazy. And then she closed her eyes and that's when she died."
Suffering from a sprained ankle and still in a lot of pain, Erundina Lopez knows just how lucky she is to be alive after the accident.
Lopez is the other victim in Tuesday night’s accident, and she says that she was sitting next to her friend’s daughter on the field watching her son’s soccer practice – when all of a sudden, she saw the SUV heading straight for them.
The vehicle’s speed didn’t give her much time to react, and her son Michael says it was a moment he will never forget.
Investigators say that the three people inside the Ford Escape will not cooperate with them, so they need the public’s help. They still do not know what caused the driver to suddenly veer off the road.
Because the area is a predominantly Latino neighborhood, police admit there may be some fear from witnesses that if they come forward, they could get in trouble with immigration officials.
However, Montgomery County officials assure the public that this is not the case.
Back at the Reyes home, family is showing up to console each other and to remember the 13-year-old girl known for being a good soccer player and a lover of animals.
"Ellos van a tener las consequencias no conmigo, pero con Dios si," said Reyes' father, who says in Spanish that those responsible won’t answer to him, but they will answer to God.
Police are asking any witnesses who saw the accident to come forward and call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.with information related to the collision.