MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 12-year-old Wooddale Middle school student died after getting hit by a car while leaving school in Southeast Memphis Wednesday afternoon.
Officers responded to the crash at Winchester and Castleman at 3:35 p.m.
Police said a white truck struck the child. The driver who stayed on the scene was later detained.
The driver was later identified as Luciano Perez.
People living in the area say the child was walking home from school when she was hit. The 12-year-old girl was taken to Le Bonheur in critical condition where she later died.
Green Dot Public School officials confirm the girl attended Woodale Middle School – which is a five-minute walk from the intersection.
In a statement, the executive director for green dot public schools says there’s no crossing guard for this intersection. She says it’s unfortunate because cars speed through this area without regard for student safety.
“It’s constantly traffic speeding down here. It’s hard for your kids to play in the backyard,” said Willie Balfour who lives nearby.
Through email, the executive director told me even though this is an extremely busy intersection and there are multiple schools in nearby, this is not a school zone. She goes on to say she’d love to see this change and is willing to work with community stakeholders to make sure students are safely crossing across Winchester Road.
Perez has been charged with driving without a license and no driver’s license. He is out on a $2,500 bond and due in court on August 26.