‘It hurts so much’: Family remembers teen killed in hit-and-run crash

El Paso News

Giselle Martinez waited for her brother before walking home from school Friday afternoon to make sure he would be safe from traffic.

Minutes later, around 4:15 p.m., the 13-year-old Lincoln Middle School student was hit by a truck traveling south in the 5500 block of Montoya. The driver of the truck left the scene without stopping, El Paso Police said.

Giselle was officially declared brain dead on Saturday evening, her family told KTSM.  In the state of Texas, that is considered legally dead.

On Monday, her family, gathered at University Medical Center, to say their goodbyes before doctors are expected to turn off the machines connected to Giselle.

“It’s not fair for a 13 year old girl who barely had her life going. Should’ve taken me I’ve already lived my life. I would trade places with her any day,” Grandfather Louis Martinez tells KTSM.

Her organs will be used to help others live, said her grandfather Louie Martinez.

“She’s up there in heaven. It hurts so much. I never expected to leave my granddaughter. My first one,” Martinez shared.

He said Giselle’s 9-year-old brother is still reeling from the emotional trauma of seeing his sister struck down in front of him. Grief counselors are available at both Lincoln Middle School and Mitzi Bond Elementary School, according to a spokesperson with the El Paso Independent School District.

17-year-old Samuel Thomas Garcia is the person responsible and turned himself in to the police Monday afternoon.

A Go Fund Me page has been created to help the family cover funeral expenses. To contribute, click HERE.

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