Identity Released Of 15-Year-Old Briggs High School Student Struck, Killed


Those near the site of a fatal crash Friday evening said the area around Briggs High School can be dangerous.

Cecelia Martinez, 15, was crossing Briggs Road near Tedco Drive on her way to her high school’s homecoming football game when she was struck and killed Friday night.

The driver of the vehicle who struck the teen stopped at the scene. It was unknown if the unidentified driver would face charges.

According to a witness, the driver did everything she could to help the teen.

"The lady that hit her, she put a blanket over her," witness Skyler Graves said.

The driver told police that she did not see the girl crossing the road.

Mary Groves can look out her barbershop window at Briggs High School. She said it is a dangerous stretch of road.

“She was just beginning her life. That’s so sad. But no, not really surprised,” Groves said. “They’ll just dart across the street, and every day, I think one of these days I’m going to see it happen. Somebody’s going to get hit.”

A memorial remains for another 15-year-old student who was struck and killed 12 years ago.

Three years after that, another student was injured by a vehicle along the same stretch of road.

Though the city installed sidewalks along both sides of Briggs Road a few years ago, some residents said that the sidewalks were not enough to prevent deadly crashes like Friday’s.

“They need to do something, because this isn’t the first child that’s been hurt out there,” said resident Vanessa Carr. “You can’t see the kids in the morning, you can’t see them at night, the lights are no good. They need to add more lighting, curbs and sidewalks.”

10TV News reached out to the city to see if they were planning any changes.

“We can certainly look at it, but I haven’t heard of any immediate plans,” a spokesperson said. “The whole idea is to make the city safe for pedestrians, so we’re always looking at where we can add any kind of pedestrian improvements.”

The crash was under investigation.

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