Jul 21, 2014 10:38 PM by Lauren Reimer
TUCSON - A 5-year-old girl is dead after being hit by a car over the weekend. Authorities are still trying to figure out why the girl and her 7-year-old brother were crossing a very busy foothills street alone.
It happened on Saturday night, just before 7 p.m. on Orange Grove Road near Skyline. The girl died Sunday at the hospital. The driver has not been charged.
And even though there is a signaled crosswalk in the area, the children were not using it.
This stretch of pavement sees 13,000 cars every single day. That's 13,000 chances for an accident according to cyclist Sergio Gudino.
"I bike, believe it or not, 5 times a week, 8.6 miles from Oracle and Grant to my work over here," said Gudino.
He's had several close calls over the years. "I'm noticing a lot of drivers don't pay attention. They're going the speed limit perhaps, but they veer off because they're looking at their GPS or texting."
So he's not surprised by the deadly accident on this very same road. "It's tragic to see that someone wasn't paying attention," said Gudino.
Some would point that finger not towards the driver, but at the parents.
"Certainly not wanting to pass judgment on anyone until we know exactly what was going on. But it does bring up the question, when is it appropriate for any child to be left alone, much less supervising a younger sibling," said Southern Arizona Child Advocacy Center Executive Director, Kathy Rau.
In Arizona, there is no law that regulates this age. It depends on if the child is ready and willing to take on the responsibility.
"Do they know how to contact 911?" asks Rau. "Does the child exhibit common sense? Are they trustworthy? It would be really nice if that child has CPR training."
Rau's main concern now lies with the older sibling. "Hopefully the parents get him counseling or whatever he needs to recover," she said.
The Pima County Sheriff's Department is still investigating. They won't share the little girl's name until they're finished.
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