Peoria High School student killed while crossing street in Glendale


by Catherine Holland

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Updated Thursday, May 16 at 5:47 PM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A vehicle hit and killed a teenage boy who was crossing the street near Ironwood High School Tuesday morning.

The Peoria Unified School District has confirmed that the 17-year old involved in the tragic accident this morning was a student at Peoria High School named Jeremy Skramstad. He previously attended Ironwood High School and also attended a Peoria Unified elementary school.

It happened just before 7 a.m. at 61st Avenue and Cactus Road.

"It looks like this juvenile was crossing the intersection from the south side to the north side on 61st Avenue," said Glendale Police Sgt. Brent Combs.

By the time officers wrapped up the on-scene portion of their investigation, they had determined that the 17-year-old was in or near the east-side crosswalk, but was crossing against the signal.

An SUV that was heading west hit the teen as he ran across Cactus Road.

Witnesses, including an off-duty paramedic, tried to help the teen.

"Unfortunately, the kid's injuries were so bad, it was an exercise in futility," Coombs said.

Coombs went on to say that the teen apparently was not carrying identification and didn't have much on him. They were hoping his cell phone will help them locate his next of kin. They also were working with officials from the Peoria Unified School District.

The driver, an adult woman, remained and the scene and was cooperating to police. Coombs said there were no signs of impairment or "improper driving" on her part. Investigators also talked to witnesses.

Cactus Road was closed at 61st Avenue while detectives conducted their on-scene investigation. It did not reopen to traffic until after 1 p.m.

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