ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — A teenager was killed Tuesday after she was hit by a driver that left the scene of the crash.
It happened around 7:45 p.m. at the intersection of East 76th Avenue and Leyden Lane in unincorporated Adams County, near Commerce City, according to the Colorado State Patrol (CSP). That is just outside Monaco Elementary School.
The 16-year-old girl was crossing 76th Avenue when a red Dodge Magnum hit her while she was in the crosswalk, CSP said.
Her family identified her as Karalynn Kincaid – her sister shared family photos of the young girl with 9NEWS.
Investigators are now looking for the driver of a red Dodge Magnum who was traveling east on 76th Avenue before the crash. The vehicle will likely have damage to the front headlights, according to CSP, which also released this doorbell camera footage of the Dodge.
"I can’t unhear it," said Stephanie Velazquez, a neighbor who heard the crash and rushed to Kincaid's side. She said she performed CPR on the girl until police arrived.
"She was a really sweet person, kind, smiling all the time," said Velazquez's stepmother Lidia Zapata, who also saw the aftermath of the crash. Zapata is a paraprofessional at a nearby elementary school and knew Kincaid from her time there.
"Sometimes not all of the kids get close to you," she said. "But she was one of them. She was loved by many, many teachers and many of the staff members."
The second thing you'll notice outside Monaco Elementary is the growing memorial where Kincaid died, but first you can't help but notice how busy the stretch of road can be.
"We're really asking for the speed bumps," Zapata said. "We don't want something like this to happen again."
She and Velazquez have started a petition to encourage Adams County to implement traffic calming measures outside the school where Kincaid was crossing the street Tuesday night. "Whatever it takes we need to do this. We need to get this done," she said.
Velazquez said they've complained to officials about drivers speeding down 76th Ave for more than a decade. "We're tired of begging and not being heard," she said. "They're children and it's really sad that the adults let her down."
If you witnessed the crash, or have any information and have not spoken to investigators, please contact Colorado State Patrol Dispatch at (303) 239-4501. You can reference the case number as 1D231494.
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