Teen killed in hit-skip, police search for white Toyota Corolla

Officials give update after teen dies in hit-skip
Gabriella Rodriguez, the Western Hills student that was struck and killed by a vehicle Monday morning. (Source: Cincinnati Public Schools)
Gabriella Rodriguez, the Western Hills student that was struck and killed by a vehicle Monday morning. (Source: Cincinnati Public Schools)

NORTH FAIRMOUNT, OH (FOX19) - A 15-year-old girl was hit by two separate vehicles and killed on Harrison Avenue before dawn Monday, Cincinnati police said.

They are searching for the driver of a white Toyota Corolla with an Ohio license plate, said Lt. Steve Saunders, police spokesman. The car fled the scene in the 2100 block of Harrison Avenue shortly after 6:30 a.m.

The Toyota is an older model, possibly a 2010, Saunders said.

A second vehicle that was involved stopped and is cooperating.

The teen was hit while trying to catch a bus for school, according to police on scene.

Officials with Cincinnati Public Schools identified her as Gabriella Rodriguez and said she was a sophomore at Western Hills High School.

She was pronounced dead shortly after she was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, according to police.

"Cincinnati Public Schools is saddened to learn that a Western Hills High School student was struck and killed by a vehicle while getting to her bus stop this morning," district officials said in a prepared statement. "The student, 15-year-old Gabriella Rodriguez, attended Western Hills High School. CPS is cooperating with the Cincinnati Police Department in the investigation into this incident.

"A CPS crisis team is on site today for any student or staff who would like to speak with them. On behalf of Western Hills High School Principal Dr. Carlos Blair, the teachers and staff of the school, and the CPS Board and Administration, our thoughts are with Ms. Rodriguez's family and friends."

School district officials said in a news conference Gabriella was instrumental in starting a girls softball team at the school and her family was able to be with her when she was taken to the hospital.  Her brother was with her.

Harrison Avenue was shut down in the area for several hours while Cincinnati Police Traffic Unit investigated.

The road reopened about 10:30 a.m.

Anyone with information about this accident is asked to call Crime Stoppers: 513-352-3040.

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