CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A high school student was hit and killed by a vehicle early Tuesday morning in southwest Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.
The fatal crash happened at 6:04 a.m. Tuesday, March 27 at Youngblood Road and Buckthorne Lane.
The student has been identified as Zoe Alana Deen, 15. Her family has been notified of her death, police said.
The vehicle involved in the wreck remained on scene Tuesday, police said. Youngblood Road was closed for hours Tuesday morning between Buckthorn and Daufuskie Drive.
According to the CMPD Major Crash Investigation Unit, Kevin Michael Signer, 45, was driving east in his 2017 Nissan Murano on Youngblood Rd. when the 15-year-old student was crossing the street towards Buckthorne.
According to the mother of a high school student who witnessed the incident, the young lady missed the bus stop and was running down the street to catch the school bus at the next stop when a vehicle came "flying down the street." The student was crossing the street when she was struck.
Students on the CMS bus headed to Olympic High School witnessed the entire incident, the mother told FOX 46. She said Youngblood Road is not well lit and parents have complained on multiple occasions to move the bus stop locations or fix the lighting on the road.
CMPD confirmed that the road does not have any overhead street lights and the 15-year-old girl was not wearing any clothing that was reflective. Police also said that this section of the road has no crosswalks or pedestrian signals.
Speed does not appear to be a contributing factor in this deadly crash, police said. Detectives are investigating the school bus pickup location and working with the CMS Police Dept.
This crash remains under investigation.
Statement from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools:
"Across the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district and throughout the community, our hearts are heavy and we extend our deepest sympathies to family, friends, loved ones and staff affected after the tragic loss of one of our students following an accident early this morning.
Counseling and grief support for the family and for the school community have been and will remain available. Families and parents are asked to maintain a careful watch of students and to reach out to any CMS staff member for emotional and mental health support.
Student and staff safety are always a top priority for the district. CMS and CMPD are cooperatively investigating events from this morning in order to gain clear understanding of this incident and to inform a review of bus stop and transportation safety procedures. The district asks families, parents, students and all staff to exercise caution and to keep safety top of mind when awaiting transportation to school and back home, as well as while traveling, during each school day.
Our students embody our community’s hopes for the future and we join together today and in the coming weeks to offer comfort, support and sympathy during this difficult time."