12-year-old student dies after being struck by car in Rancho Cordova
A 12-year-old pedestrian struck and killed by a vehicle early Tuesday in Rancho Cordova was a seventh-grader attending summer school at Cordova High School.
The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office identified her as Leah Callison of Rancho Cordova.
Callison was a student at W.E. Mitchell Middle School, said Jim Huber, the school’s principal, in a statement released by the Folsom Cordova Unified School District.
“This student was a wonderful young woman full of energy and promise. Our school community is diminished by her loss, and we all share in our grief,” Huber said. “Counselors will be at Cordova High School to assist summer school students and staff, and W.E. Mitchell Middle School will also have counselors available when we return from summer break for anyone needing additional support.
“In the meantime, please talk to your child about any difficult emotions they may be feeling or any additional support they may need.”
About 6:45 a.m., the Rancho Cordova Police Department responded to a collision near the intersection of Coloma Road and El Manto Drive, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
Officers found Callison being tended to by a citizen. She was taken to a local hospital, where she later died of her injuries.
Area residents were not surprised that an accident had occurred at the intersection, saying that this was the third or fourth traffic incident this year.
“They speed up and down here,” said Joe Roberson, motioning toward Coloma Road. “It’s a raceway for sure. They’re going to have fix something at this intersection.”
Ashley Rodriguez, who lives on Coloma Road, said she was struck but not seriously injured at the same intersection a few years ago when a driver ran a red light. Others, including Sheena Wright, said they’ve had to run to avoid being struck by negligent drivers.
The vehicle involved in the collision – a gold Honda Accord – could be seen just up the road from the accident scene, two wheels on the sidewalk. The right side of the car’s front window was severely damaged. Its right headlight was shattered. Debris from the vehicle was scattered across the sidewalk.
Lamar Smith, who heard the accident, said it sounded like “two cars hitting each other.”
The driver, who has not yet been named, was a woman about 18 or 19 years old, according to witnesses.
There is no preliminary cause of the collision, though Rancho Cordova police are investigating the incident.