MOJAVE – A 16-year-old Mojave High School student was struck and killed by a car while walking to school Monday morning, authorities said.
The incident happened around 6:55 a.m. on Business Route 58, east of Leslie Street, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
Raven Crystal Knight and her 12-year-old brother were crossing the road in a marked crosswalk when Raven was struck by a 2007 Toyota Corolla driving in the No. 1 eastbound traffic lane. Raven died of her injuries at the scene. Her 12-year-old brother was not injured.
The Toyota’s driver, 51-year-old Meixing Lu of Artesia, was not injured in the collision, and alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor, according to CHP officials.
The investigation is continuing.
The California Highway Patrol would like to remind motorists to stay aware of pedestrians anytime they are walking in a crosswalk or near the road. Pedestrians should also be reminded to wear light color clothing, remain visible to motorists, and be aware of vehicles as you walk along a roadway, or cross a roadway. Pedestrians are urged to remember that a driver of a vehicle does not always see a pedestrian, and a pedestrian is no match for a motor vehicle in the event of a collision.
(Information via press release from CHP Mohave.)