TUCSON, Ariz. – The Tucson community is rallying to support the family of a mother and son killed by a car.
Anna Menzter was walking her 7-year-old son Ethan to school at St. Cyril of Alexandria Wednesday morning when they were hit by a car, according to the Tucson Police Dept.
Anna leaves behind another young son, Eli, who is being cared for by his uncle. A GoFundMe page was set up to help support Eli. The initial goal of raising $25,000 was quickly surpassed in less than 24 hours.
Anna and Ethan were crossing Pima Street at Mountain Avenue in a marked crosswalk when they were hit. Anna was pronounced dead at the scene. Ethan later died at Banner University Medical Center.
The driver of the car stayed on the scene and was not impaired, said Tucson Police Officer Christopher Hawkins. The woman told investigators she could not see because the sun was in her eyes.
It's unknown whether speed or distracted driving (using phone when behind the wheel) contributed to the incident, according to Investigators.
The school’s response
Ethan was a second-grader at St. Cyril of Alexandria School. Ann Zeches, the school's principal, released the following statement:
It is with a very, very heavy heart I pass onto you some tragic news. This morning two members of our community were tragically hurt in a pedestrian/car accident at Pima and Mountain View. Ms. Anna Mentzer and her son, Ethan, grade 2 were killed. First responders and the medical personnel at Banner UMC did all they could for both.
We have spoken to all our students on campus concerning the tragedy. At this time, the community at large has helped us locate counselors to talk with your children. These counselors will be available all day to any student. If you find this evening your child needs to speak with a counselor tomorrow, please let me know, and we will have grief counseling available.
At 2:30PM Father Ron will be leading a prayer service in the church for our entire school. In times such as these, all of us are blessed to be able to come together as a community to pray for the family. Mountain View Road will be open prior to the start of the service.
I would like to thank Community Services, Salpointe, St. Augustine and San Miguel high schools for sending counselors and priests. Their presence on campus today was needed and a relief.
The school has also decided to extend their fall break by a day. Students will now have Tuesday, Oct. 17, off from school.