YUMA, Ariz. - UPDATE: Officials have released the identity of the driver who struck a 14-year-old girl and passed away on Saturday evening. The driver is 21-year-old George Espinoza-Teran who has not been formally charged at this time.
NOTE: YPD sent out an update regarding the fatality collision and noted that Jazmin Reyes' correct age was 14 years old. YPD released another update correcting the name as Jazmin Reyes.
Neighbors in a Yuma area are calling for safety changes just days after an auto-pedestrian crash.
It’s a passway that doesn’t seem to stand out for a lot of drivers and Sarah Castanon sees this problem from her backyard every day.
“A lot of accidents have happened. Like I have seen kids on bikes get hit by cars or just because the drivers are not paying attention," said resident Sarah Castanon.
On Saturday night, police say three teens were walking along Avenue C when one of them was hit.
The 21-year-old driver stopped after hitting the 14-year-old girl. Her friends had no injuries. But the 14-year-old girl did not make it, she passed away.
“I saw them hysterically crying…. They didn’t know what to do…. I don’t know it made my chest feel heavy like I couldn’t breathe right," said Castanon.
Residents say this portion of South Avenue C is really dark and the lights that are already in place are too dim.
“In reality, this area has heavy traffic and at night it’s hard to see with the dim lighting," said resident Elizabeth Ayala.
Residents also say this area has been getting increasingly dangerous for pedestrians and feel like something needs to be done.
"First they need to come and check the area so that way they can understand what we need to do. What they need to do for this community is put more lights," said a concerned neighbor.
The name of that teenager has not been released to us. The name of the driver of the Dodge has not been released as well.