Teen girl struck, killed walking to bus stop in Vineland identified

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October 30, 2013 4:03:09 PM PDT
The teenage girl who was struck and killed by two vehicles while walking to her bus stop in Vineland, New Jersey on Wednesday morning has been identified.

Investigator say it was just before 7:00 a.m. when Alexa Strittmatter, 14, was walking with her brother and sister to their bus stop about a block away from their house.

As the Vineland High School North freshman crossed the road she was struck by one vehicle traveling north on Main Road and then struck by another vehicle traveling south on Main Road between Magnolia and East Elmer roads.

She was taken to Inspira Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Alexa's friends and classmates were informed a short time later.

"They called us down for an assembly. No one saw it coming," student Morgan DeWinnie said.

Dylan Murray says he simply cannot come to grips with what happened this morning.

"You don't expect to come into school one day and someone to tell you that your best friend is dead," Murray said. "40 people came barging into the theater, bawling, and they stayed there all day, because no one could stop crying," Murray said.

Tomorrow, Dylan says he and his friends will wear something orange to school, as a symbol of Alexa's strawberry blond hair.

They say it will also serve as a reminder of what they lost.

"We shared a lot of good memories. I know her since 8th grade and I'm just sad right now," friend Morison Medella said.

"She was the kindest person you'll ever meet. She had no enemies. She was everyone's best friend," Murray said.

Alexa's friends on Twitter started a #1DforAlexa campaign as they say One Direction was the 14-year-old's favorite band.

The school district is offering support for anyone who needs it.

"We're all grieving today and as a parent and a grandparent, this is an unimaginable tragedy. I can't even comprehend it," said Vineland School District spokesman John Sbrana.

"So we're trying to bring as many resources to bear as we need in our schools for the parents, the kids and the staff members who were there."

Both striking vehicles remained at the scene.

There was no immediate word on any charges as this investigation continues.


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