Friends Mourn Teen Killed by SUV Near St. Paul High School
A teenage girl had just finished class at a St. Paul high school Thursday afternoon when she was hit and killed by a speeding SUV.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1 p.m. outside of Harding High School, where 16-year-old Clarisse Grime of St. Paul was attending summer school.
According to St. Paul police, the driver of a SUV was traveling at excessively high speeds on Third Street when he misjudged a turn and lost control of the vehicle.
The SUV went off of the road, hit a fire hydrant and mowed over a sign before hitting both Grime and a 17-year-old boy, Eduardo Vazquez-Torres.
Grime died at the scene. Vazquez-Torres, also from St. Paul, was conscious and walking following the crash. He was taken to Regions Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police have identified the driver of the SUV as 50-year-old Carlos Viveros-Colorado of St. Paul. Viveros-Colorado, who stopped following the crash, is being held on suspicion of criminal vehicle operation.
A spokesperson for the school district said grief counselors will be available to students and staff at the school on Friday.
Authorities are investigating whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.