POSTED: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 10:39pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 3:50pm
FAR EAST EL PASO- Their classmate died trying to cross the street, and Wednesday night both students and parents from El Paso's Bill Sybert Elementary School continue to mourn.
The El Paso Police Department says 11-year-old Michelle Solis is the victim of Tuesday night's accident. The same truck hit her friend Sandy Hernandez, but thankfully she will survive.
Elvira Barraza has a child at the school. She says she tried to help save the little girl’s life.
Barraza was just feet way from where the truck hit Solis.
"Some kid started yelling that someone had gotten run over. So, I just ran over here and the little girl was on the floor. I was going to school for nursing, so I know how to do CPR and all that stuff. I wanted to see what I could do, but there was already someone there helping her out,” said Barraza.
Barraza says drivers don't respect the reduced speed limit outside The Bill Sybert School.
"Yesterday morning when I dropped of my daughter, I had this man cuss me off because I was slowing down. I was going to turn towards the school,” said Barraza.
On Wednesday, classmates left balloons and flowers at her memorial.
"It was really sad. I almost cried because it's, I'm mean that's not supposed to be happening. I mean it's really sad for the little girl and the parents,” said Celia Pease.
Pease’s son is a fourth grader at the victims school. She is begging drivers to slow down.
"To be honest this intersection is dangerous because cars are always fast. I see the guards from this school. They try to stop them. People don't respect the speed limit,” said Pease.
El Paso police say 33-year-old Blanca Schuler was driving the truck. Police say she did nothing wrong, and that she had a green light. They aren't giving her a ticket connected to this tragic accident.