TEXAS CITY Police investigators on Tuesday returned to the scene of an accident in which an 11-year-old girl was killed as she waited for her school bus. Investigators wanted to check the lighting conditions as they would have been just before 8 a.m. Monday when a big-rig truck driver ran over Christina Lopez.
One of the things police wanted to know was whether the early morning sun, which would have been shining into the eyes of the driver as he made the turn onto the street where Lopez was waiting, might have contributed to the accident, police Capt. Brian Goetschius said.
Lopez, a Levi Fry Intermediate School sixth-grader, died in the 2900 block of 26th Street North after she was hit about 7:55 a.m.
The truck, driven by the Lopez family s neighbor, had been traveling east on 30th Avenue and was headed south on 26th Street when it ran over the girl. There are no sidewalks, so Lopez was sitting in or near the grass on the side of the road waiting for her bus, which usually arrived about 8:05 a.m., her father said.
The girl s parents, Nina and Manuel Lopez, complained about a lack of charges against the driver.
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