Police Determine Driver of Car That Killed 13-Year-Old in Silver Spring
LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A 33-year-old woman from Silver Spring was behind the wheel of a car that struck and killed a 13-year-old girl as she watched a soccer game Monday night at Eastern Middle School, police say. A woman also suffered an injured leg in the accident.
Three people were inside of a Ford Escape when it struck a sign and tree before colliding with the spectators shortly after 8:30 p.m., Montgomery County Police say.
The 13-year-old was taken to the hospital where she later died, according to police. The girl has been identified as Deborah Roxana Reyes Casasola of the 900 block of Northhampton Drive in Silver Spring.
The three adults inside the car refused to disclose to police who was driving, but investigators believe Esperanza O. Vasquez, of the 800 block of University Boulevard E in Silver Spring, was behind the wheel. Vasquez does not have a valid Maryland Driver’s License, according to police. Investigators are working to determine whether she is licensed in another jurisdiction.
The vehicle’s owner, 33-year-old Roland B. Delgado-Romero of the same address, was in the front passenger seat at the time the teen and woman were hit, according to police. Delgado-Romero is a licensed driver in Maryland.
Another occupant, a 26-year-old woman with only a Maryland Learner’s Permit whom police have declined to identify, was practicing driving in a rear parking lot earlier in the evening. Surveillance video from the school obtained by police shows the woman and Vasquez switched positions prior to the accident. The video did not capture the crash, however.
Authorities say a woman initially identified herself as the driver when she called 911 to report the accident. However, once police arrived the group would not say who was operating the car.
Police have not filed charges in the case, but are consulting with the State’s Attorney’s Office to determine the appropriate course of action.
The investigation is ongoing.
Video shows the path the car traveled before striking the teen.
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