UPDATE: 10-year-old struck by SUV dies
ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) —
A 10-year-old Pensacola girl hit while riding her bicycle to school Thursday morning has died.
Investigators say a driver struck Delilgha Rosa-Clark at about 7:30 a.m. near Hellen Caro Elementary School. Delilgha was flown to Sacred Heart Hospital where she later died.
Authorities say the driver, Frederick Wilder, turned onto Merlin Road from Oak View Drive when he hit Delilgha. The Florida Highway Patrol says he failed to yield the right of way.
Now a growing memorial marks the spot where she was hit by a SUV. Neighbors say the child was riding her bike to school like she did every day.
"She was young you know, 10 years old, that's a whole life gone," said neighbor Marlon Foster. "Kinda hard to see something like that."
Marlen grabbed his wife and ran outside as soon as he heard the sirens.
"When I actually came out I seen the car and the bicycle underneath," he said. "They were working on her. They had both roads blocked off."
They say the road is very busy in the mornings. Lots of kids bike and walk down the road to nearby Hellen Caro Elementary.
While they've had problems with speeding they say this was nothing more than a terrible accident.
"I don't think he seen her. He says he didn't see her," said Dana Foster. "When he was sitting out here he said he never seen her."
As soon as they heard Delilgha didn't survive her injuries they started a makeshift memorial.
"We all love them. If you need us we are in the neighborhood," Dana said. "We are all thinking of you."