Everett teen struck by car on sidewalk dies

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by ZAHID ARAB / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 11 at 10:44 PM

EVERETT, Wash. -- Friends and classmates of a 14-year-old girl struck by a car and killed on an Everett sidewalk honored her at a football game Friday night.

In honor of Perla Hernandez, many in the stands for Cascade High School’s game against Lynnwood wore blue. It was her favorite color.

“We saw her a couple days ago and now she’s gone. It’s kind of hard to think about,” said Grace Kienzle, a friend.

“I wish I was there with her. I would have pushed her out of the way,” said America Reyes, Perla’s best friend.

Reyes was among others that brought balloons and candles to a roadside memorial where Hernandez was hit Thursday afternoon around 2:40 p.m.

Everett police continue their investigation into the pedestrian-car collision at the intersection of 112th St. SE and 7th Avenue SE.

Police believe a Chevy Suburban was turning left onto 7th Avenue SE when it collided with a Toyota Camry. The Camry veered onto the sidewalk where the girl was walking. The Camry struck the girl, and then ran into a business before coming to a rest upside down.

“It flipped sideways and lost control came up on the curb hit the guard rail and landed upside down on top of the girl,” said Dan Gillum, a witness.

Police said the driver of the Suburban was a 16-year-old Lynnwood male, while the driver of the Camry was a 48-year-old Everett woman.

Hernandez was transported to Harborview Medical Center where she later died from her injuries.

“It feels unfair that someone had to go that soon,” said Hannah Kienzle, a student at Cascade High School.

“It was like losing one of my kids, she was like a daughter. She was just a natural beautiful child that didn’t deserve this,” said Melanie Rock, a family friend.

While no criminal charges have been filed yet, Everett police say as the investigation continues, charges could be filed if necessary.

Aside from the football game, Perla’s classmates say they also plan to wear blue to class on Monday.

According to district officials, grief counselors will be also be on hand.
 

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