Police in Prince George's County, Maryland, have identified the teenager struck and killed by a car Saturday night as 14-year-old Kamal Nashid of Bowie.
Nashid was killed when a driver struck him while he was crossing an intersection in the Woodmore section of Prince George's County, police said.
The teen was crossing at Church Road and Fairview Vista Drive around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday when he was hit by a car.
He was taken to an area hospital with critical injuries and was later pronounced dead.
According to a preliminary investigation, Nashid was jogging in his neighborhood when he ran into the crosswalk before traffic on Church Road had stopped. He crossed one lane of traffic in front of a red pickup truck but was struck in the second lane of traffic.
Police said the driver of the striking car stayed on the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. They are searching for a witness in the red pickup truck for help in the investigation.
The teenager had just graduated from eighth grade at Georgetown Day School, his mother told News4.
Now neighbors are hoping the accident will trigger safety improvements in the area, especially because cars frequently exceed the 30 mph speed limit in the area.
Nashid's school, Georgetown Day School, released a letter to the community and a statement on Facebook mourning Nashid on Sunday.
"There are no words. We extend our love, care, and support to the Nashid family and to all in our community and beyond who are hurting from this devastating loss. Hold each other in your hearts," the school wrote.
Neighbors say the intersection is dangerous. It's a county road, and the city of Bowie said it has asked the county to make it safer.
“The city has been asking the county to upgrade Church Road from one end to the other for at least the last 15 years,” said Joe Meinert, of the Bowie Planning Department.
State Del. Erek Barron said he’s calling for an emergency meeting this week to find a solution.
“It shouldn’t take a tragedy like this for us to get some traction,” he said.
News4 reached out to Prince George's County about it but hasn't received a response.