Jul 1, 2013 5:45 PM by April Hansen, KSBY News

Santa Maria teen killed at unmarked crosswalk

A 15-year-old girl was killed over the weekend while crossing a street in Santa Maria. It happened at the intersection of Miller and Newlove around 9:30 pm on Saturday.

A 21-year-old driver hit the girl while she was walking in an unmarked crosswalk.

The teen's 13-year-old brother was with her, but was not injured.

"She was a very kind girl," said Yulissa Garcia.

Garcia knew the 15-year-old since junior high school.

"She was sweet and everything. She was a very nice friend," said Garcia.

Garcia says her name was Lety. She says Lety was a talented boxer and a fan of the cartoon character Minnie Mouse.

"It's hard losing a friend," said Garcia.

She found out about her friend's death on Facebook and didn't believe it until she saw her picture hanging at the memorial.

"The last time I talked to her is when we came out of school," said Garcia.

She was killed at an unmarked crosswalk.

"The driver must stop, but pedestrians must always be looking," said Lt. Kim Graham, Santa Maria Police Deparment.

Lt. Graham says pedestrians still have the right of way in unmarked crosswalks.

"There are obligations on both sides. The driver's side and the pedestrian's side, but if the pedestrian thinks it's safe and it's a safe distance then they would enter the mark or unmarked crosswalk and have the right of way," said Lt. Graham.

She says unmarked intersections don't have signals or lights, so drivers and pedestrians need to be extra cautious.

"The driver might not be paying attention to the unmarked crosswalk," said Lt. Graham.

As the memorial continues to grow with flowers and letters, Garcia hopes it will be a reminder to be safe on the roads.

"I'm going to miss her a lot," said Garcia.

The driver has not been charged.

Police are continuing to investigate.

The Santa Maria Police Department asks anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-800-9100.



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