Teen driver hits, kills 16-year-old pedestrian

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Heidi Goitia

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 7:04 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 25 at 12:10 AM

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- One teenage girl is dead and a second is recovering after a pickup truck hit them while they were crossing the street.

It happened at Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Desert Cove Avenue, about a mile from Desert Mountain High School, shortly after noon Wednesday.

Quinn West, 16, suffered severe head trauma and was pronounced dead at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center less than an hour later. West was a student at Desert Mountain.

The second girl, also 16, was treated and released.

"Our investigators have learned that the two pedestrians were crossing FLW from east to west at an unmarked crosswalk at Desert Cove," said Scottsdale Police Sgt. Mark Clark in an email to media outlets.

While one car stopped for the girls as they stepped off the median and started to cross the southbound lanes of Frank Lloyd Wright, the 16-year-old driver of the pickup, Zachary Zucchini, apparently did not see them. He did not stop and hit West and the other girl.

"It does not appear at this point in the investigation that speed was a factor and no signs of impairment were found," Clark said.

It's not yet clear if Zucchini, a student at Notre Dame Preparatory School, will face charges in connection with the deadly wreck.

Investigators are not releasing any other details about West or Zucchini, nor have they said anything about the second victim.

Desert Mountain officials have not commented on the accident, but they said they would have counselors on hand if students needed them.

Clark said the girls were in an unmarked crosswalk when they were hit. Unless there is signage expressly prohibiting pedestrian crossing, all intersections have crosswalks regardless of whether there is striping on the roadway.

"An unmarked crosswalk can be found in the elongation of two sidewalks from one side of the street to the other," wrote Jared E. Everton, a Mesa personal injury lawyer, on  Avvo.com a year ago.  "A pedestrian enjoys the same protections in an unmarked crosswalk as a marked crosswalk."

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