A 6-year-old girl pink and black tennis shoes lay near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Edison Street in Manteca, after a car slammed into her near her school around 8:30 a.m. Friday morning.
“I just heard a loud scream,” a Manteca resident said. He did not want to give us his name, but he spoke with FOX40 on camera.
A haunting reminder of the deadly accident residents said could have been prevented, “I know that this is the bad street all-in-all. A lot of people run stop signs and everything,” the man said.
He claimed Edison Street and Lincoln Avenue can be a dangerous intersection, “Yeah, (drivers) just drive straight by. Not even stopping or nothing.”
Several residents we spoke with agree this intersection is dangerous. They say several drivers fail to adhere to the stop signs.
“We have to really be aware of your surroundings especially during the school hours of kids that are walking to school,” Officer Steve Beermann, with the Manteca Police Department advised.
The Manteca Police Department said they’re still investigating what caused an elderly man driving a sedan to hit the girl, “He is being very cooperative,” Officer Beerman said.
Investigators said the girl was rushed to UC Davis, but the injuries were so severe she died, family members told us.
She was a student at Shasta Elementary School. The Manteca Unified School District told us, “We are deeply saddened by what has occurred today. Our hearts go out to the family involved.”
The Manteca Chargers will be hosting a special prayer meeting for the girl’s family at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Sierra High School in Manteca, according to their Facebook post.
They have also posted a GoFundMe account to help the family of the girl. To donate, you can visit, gofundme.com