Albuquerque-Metro

Memorial outside Cleveland Middle School honors girl killed in crosswalk crash

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - A memorial is growing outside of Cleveland Middle School to honor a 12-year-old student killed in a crosswalk. 

A car hit Eliza Almuina, whose family calls her Justine, while she was crossing Louisiana on Thursday near the school.

APD says a driver had stopped to let a group of kids cross, but the driver in the next lane didn't see her. 

The driver who hit her tried performing CPR. 

Friday, the students left flowers and messages to remember their classmate. 

"People need to slow down because I lost one of my really good friends. So on a normal day usually, you see cars flying down or see them stopping for children. It's not one way or the other," Alexia, a Cleveland Middle School student, said.

The crash prompted police to look for speeders in front of the school on Friday, and several people were pulled over. 

As of Friday night, more than 500 people have signed an online petition pressuring City Councilor Diane Gibson and Albuquerque Public Schools to add a traffic light to stop traffic for pedestrians even after school hours. 

Councilor Gibson says she's unavailable for comment until Monday. 

A candlelight vigil for Justine Almuina will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at Stardust Skies Park, 4301 Pennsylvania NE. 

For a link to her GoFundMe page, click here. 


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