A teenage boy was fatally struck by a car while using a crosswalk near Peoria High School on Friday. His family soon identified the victim as Steven Elijah Gessner, 14-years-old. His family and friends regarded him as a, “sweet, well-mannered young man.”
Around 8 am, the teen was using a crosswalk on 83rd Avenue, near Shangri La Road, when he was struck by a driver who failed to yield to Gessner. The accident occurred directly across the street from Peoria High School in Peoria, Arizona. Police indicated that the crosswalk lights were flashing as Gessner was walking.
Gessner was transported to a local hospital with “extensive injuries,” but Gessner succumbed to his injuries and died just before 9 a.m. on the same day.
It is reported that the driver sustained no injuries and is compliant with police moving forward. As of now, impairment is not being considered as a factor, but speed and distraction factors are still under investigation. As of Friday afternoon, no arrests have been made.
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