Sisters walking to school hit by car in Tampa

Tampa, FL - Tampa Police say two sisters walking to school were hit by a car on Tuesday morning.

The accident happened at Hillsborough Avenue and 25th Street. Police say 14-year-old Victoria Velasquez-Cabrera and 15-year-old Norma Velasquez-Cabrera were not using a crosswalk to cross the street when they were struck. It was dark outside, and the driver, 17-year-old Deja Johnson, did not see them.

According to Police this accident was not the driver's fault because the girls did not cross the street at a designated crosswalk.

"The driver of the vehicle did not see them it was dark out," Andrea Davis, Spokesperson, TPD.

Lisa Wallace, who lives in the area, said that she drives her kids to school everyday, fearing accidents like this one.

"I have two little ones I just took to school. I take them every morning for this purpose right here because people are trying to get to work and that's understandable but we've got kids crossing the street," exclaimed Wallace. "We've just got to be a little more diligent and pay attention, put those phones down put that coffee down and pay attention."

The mother of two offered up her solution to make this road safer.

"We need a traffic light this early in the morning," said Wallace.

Tanya Arja from the Hillsborough Public School District released the following statement:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of these girls. The crisis team is at Middleton High School assisting students and teachers who need help dealing with the news of the accident and the serious injuries suffered by these two students."

The elder sister, Norma, is in critical condition, while Victoria is in stable condition. The driver was uninjured.

Police say the girls are both students at Middleton High School.

We will continue to update this story when more information become available.


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