ME: Teen girl hit by driver in Richfield died a day later

December 04, 2018 02:09 PM

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has identified the pedestrian struck and killed by a vehicle last weekend as 16-year-old Anabel Jazmin Gonzalez Rojas.

The autopsy also stated her cause of death was from multiple blunt force trauma injuries. 


Relatives said Rojas had just stepped out of her home along the 6800 block of Cedar Avenue South in Richfield to retrieve her dog who had gotten loose. She barely made it one block when neighbors said an SUV ran into her. It was Friday, Nov. 23 at 11:10 a.m.  

Neighbor Toni Bertsch was standing on her porch and saw the immediate aftermath.

"There was a person laying in the street and police, firefighters and an ambulance arrived and they blocked off the whole area," she said.

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Other neighbors who didn't want to be identified said they saw the male driver running up the street, talking on a cell phone. He reportedly stayed at the scene and was questioned by investigators. 

The circumstances of the collision are being examined. Authorities said the driver was cooperating with the investigation and there was no indication alcohol was a factor in the incident. Police said they were looking into whether distracted driving was a factor.

The driver and exact type of SUV haven't been identified. 

Rojas was taken to the hospital, where she died a day later on Nov. 24.

Her parents are planning a viewing for Wednesday and her funeral Thursday at noon at St. Stephens Church at 2211 Clinton Avenue in Minneapolis. A GoFundMe was created to help with funeral expenses. 

Richfield police are investigating the crash.

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