Thursday, April 23, 2009


The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is continuing to investigate the death of a six-year-girl who died shortly after her bicycle was struck by a pickup truck driven by a 15-year-old male in Alto Bonito in the early evening hours of Thursday, April 2.
Jessica Guadalupe Martinez, 6, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Ramon De La Cruz at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, slightly less than an hour after the mishap.
Johnny Hernandez, a spokesman with DPS in McAllen, declared on Thursday, April 16, “The case remains under investigation.”
Hernandez indicated that the 2007 Ford F-150 pickup “was traveling west on Medelez Street. Upon crossing Toppenish Street, the F-150 then struck the bicycle.”
Hernandez noted, “The driver of the truck was a 15-year-old male…The teen driver was driving alone even though he had a permit that required a licensed driver at least 21 years old to be in the front seat.”
Hernandez stated that “the vehicle struck the bicycle with its front right area.”
The spokesman declared, “The child was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:15 p.m. EMS personnel responded to the scene and tried to treat the child.”
Hernandez emphasized, “Parents need to realize that permits with restrictions do require another licensed driver, at least 21 years old, in the front seat.”

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