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Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 12:18am
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — In just one month, some half dozen pedestrians and cyclists have been hit and killed by cars on El Paso roads.
"Motorists just need to be aware and the pedestrians they just need to understand that vehicles are traveling at high rates of speed and oftentimes, they look a lot further than what they actually are," said Detective Mike Baranyay with the El Paso Police Department.
The latest tragedy happened on Thursday night in Central El Paso, where 9 year-old Jose Cordova was riding his bike on the sidewalk near Raynor and Jefferson street, when he crashed into an SUV trying to make a turn at the same time.
"The kid was on the floor, the car was on top of the little boy -- I mean, we had a lot of people come and try to help out with the incident but unfortunately, it didn't go well," said David Perez.
The boy was rushed to University Medical Center but tragically, died shortly after.
As Special Traffic Investigators tried to put the pieces together that night, the 9 year-old's shoes lay at the intersection where he was struck.
And just 24 hours later in Far East El Paso, a 12 year old boy in the hospital after he was hit by a car near Sun Fire Street.
While the cause of that accident remains unknown, El Paso Police say accidents like these are not always the responsibility of the driver - in fact, pedestrians and cyclists are often at fault.
Now that the school year has begun and more children will hit the roads on foot or by bike, officials encourage parents to help young ones stay safe.
Today, neighbors and loved ones of Jose Cordova set up a makeshift memorial where Thursday night's accident happened.
Residents dropped off flowers, toys, and candles in his honor.
"People come by and they say, they leave their consolences for the little boy," said Perez.
For more information on pedestrian and cyclist safety http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_bike/