Occupants in Car That Fatally Struck 13-Year-Old Not Cooperating: PD

Teen was watching soccer game with family at Eastern Middle School; another woman injured

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    A 13-year-old girl has died and a woman was injured after the two were struck by a teenage driver in Silver Spring Tuesday evening, police said. News4's Jackie Bensen reports.

    Montgomery County Police say the occupants of a car that fatally struck a 13-year-old girl in Silver Spring Tuesday night are not cooperating with investigators.

    Crews were called to Eastern Middle School, located in the 300 block of University Boulevard, around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after the teen and another woman were struck by someone who may have been practicing for a driving test.

    Authorities said the driver was behind the wheel of a 2008 Ford Focus in the rear parking lot of the school  when the car jumped the curb and plunged down a grassy slope toward the sports field.

    Deborah Roxana Reyes Casasola, 13, was with her family watching a soccer game at the school when she and another woman were struck, said Pete Piringer with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

    "My daughter went right under the car and was rolling under [it]," Deborah's father Wilbert Reyes said.

    The car also hit a sign and a tree. The young victim was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries and was later pronounced dead. The second victim, an adult woman, has minor injuries to her leg. Police said the two victims were not related.

    The driver, an adult, may have only a learner's permit. Police believe two other adults were in the car at the time of the accident, but said they have not been cooperating with investigators regarding who was driving.

    "It was two ladies and one guy, and the one lady was driving, and she jumped into the other side... they switched," Reyes said.

    He says he thinks the crash was a driving lesson gone bad.

    It's unknown whether the 13-year-old was a student at Eastern Middle School.

    Crash scene investigators were on the scene Tuesday night, taking photos and trying to determine exactly how the crash happened.

    Anyone who witnessed the accident but did not speak with police should call the Collision Reconstruction Unit 240-773-6620.

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