Police: Father was driver of 18-wheeler that ran over Weslaco girl
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:20:25 GMT —
Weslaco police ruled the death of a 7 year-old girl Monday night an accident.
The girl, who has not been identified, was riding a bicycle near her home on Martha Street.
Police said the girl's father was driving the 18-wheeler to work when the 2nd grader ran into the back of the trailer.
The father is not facing any charges at this time.
"There was no criminal negligence based on the investigation and when he was interviewed there were no signs of intoxication or anything like that," Officer David Barbosa said.
The 18-wheeler that struck the girl is currently parked outside the family's home which is in violation of city code that states "The parking, storing or otherwise stationing of truck-tractors| on public rights-of-way| is prohibited."
Police tell Action 4 News no charges or fines related to this rule have been accessed.
Right now, police are unsure if the girl was wearing a helmet while riding her bicycle.
"I'm not sure how many tires hit her, but I do know if she was wearing a helmet or not, it wouldn't have made a difference," Barbosa said.'
According to Weslaco Independent School District officials, the girl attended North Bridge Elementary School.
"One of the hardest parts of our jobs as educators is the loss of one of our students. Yesterday evening a Weslaco ISD student passed away after an accident and we are deeply saddened by this tragedy," the district said in a statement released to Action 4 News.
Weslaco ISD is holding several fundraisers for the family including a chicken plate fundraiser that will be held on Saturday, March 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Plates will cost $7.00 a piece and all proceeds will go to the family.
For more information contact North Bridge Elementary at 969-6810.