Police have identified the pedestrian killed in the Cincinnati Entertainment District early Thanksgiving morning as Amanda Weyant, 28.
As KTSM previously reported, the incident happened at about 2 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of North Mesa and Cincinnati.
According to a news release, Weyant was crossing the intersection at a crosswalk when a red Chevy Cavalier ran a red light and hit her.
Weyant died at the scene.
Police say the driver fled the scene and the vehicle was later found abandoned at the 1300 block of Cincinnati.
Dozens of flowers lined Mesa Friday afternoon in Weyant’s honor.
According to Ysleta ISD, Weyant was a six-year employee of the district and most recently served as a 6th grade teacher at Eastwood Heights Elementary School.
A memorial was created at the school to honor the teacher. Friends, family, and students attended a candlelight vigil Friday night and shared stories and personal memories they had with her.
“I always thought that I would go first,” Weyant’s father, Dan Ferguson, said. “It’s a dad’s place to go first. You’re not supposed to bury your baby but there’s nothing guaranteed,” he said.
“I knew my daughter loved me tremendously and she knew that I loved her tremendously,” Ferguson said. “I’m going to miss her every day for the rest of my life…just be careful. Make sure all the fathers out there, and mothers out there, make sure that you hug your kids,” he said.
YISD sent the following statement to KTSM:
It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we confirm the untimely death of Eastwood Heights Elementary School teacher Amanda “Mandy” Weyant Ferguson. Ms. Ferguson passed away over the holiday break, and we have extended our deepest condolences to her family. Ms. Ferguson was employed at the Ysleta Independent School District for five years, and served as a sixth-grade teacher at Eastwood Heights Elementary School. Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with Ms. Ferguson’s family during this difficult time.
Grief counselors will be on site Monday, Nov. 26, at Eastwood Heights Elementary School to help students, faculty, and staff cope with the sad news. These counselors will continue to be available at the campus to those who need additional help dealing with their grief.
Anyone with information on the crash or the driver’s identity is asked to call police at 915-212-4080 or Crime Stoppers of El Paso at 915-566-8477.