The 14-year-old Yuma girl who was struck in a hit-and-run while she was skateboarding early Saturday morning has died from her injuries at a Phoenix hospital.
Yuma Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Leanne Worthen reported that Mary Rodriguez, a Cibola High School student, succumbed to her injuries Sunday evening at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, a day and a half after she was struck at 24th Street and Avenue B.
Yuma police are searching for the driver of what they believe is a light-colored, possibly light brown Nissan Altima four-door sedan, who fled the scene. The car, possibly a 2002 to 2006 model, may also have damage to the left front corner of the vehicle.
Worthen is urging anyone who may have any information about the incident, whether they believe it important or not, to contact the Yuma Police Department at 373-4700 or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous.
"Any information we can get helps. Sometimes people think we already have the information and don't call," Worthen said. "We are saying to call us anyway. We don't mind if you tell us something twice."
She is also asking that the driver come forward and turn him- or herself in.
According to the Yuma Police Department, Rodriguez had been traveling southbound on a skateboard inside the crosswalk on the west side of the intersection of 24th Street and Avenue B when she was struck. She had initially been taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center for treatment. Due to the life-threatening injuries she sustained, the girl was later flown to Phoenix.
The driver involved in the collision left the scene and was last seen eastbound on 24th Street.
The collision remains under investigation and Yuma police are not releasing any further information at this time.
Anyone with possible information about the case is encouraged to call Officer Julian Zaragoza at 783-4421, YPD’s main line at 373-4700 or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous.