Local death prompts autism awareness

Autism Awareness.

Police are still on the hunt for the driver who killed a 12-year-old girl with autism early Monday morning.

Officials said Kianna Johnson walked out of her house late Sunday night.

She was not using a crosswalk while crossing Dyer Street when a vehicle that was heading north hit and killed her, police said.

The Autism Society of El Paso contacted the Johnson family during this difficult time.

"The Autism Society is a resource information center. We provide information to families on where they can go to get services for their loved ones," said Lynn Hernandez, administrative assistant.

Hernandez said it is common for children with autism to run away.

“As a community, we are saddened by the tragedy and our hearts go out to the family,” she said.

Kianna's death prompted other parents to hold their children a little bit closer.

“I am a parent of a young adult that is 27 years old with autism so I feel so scared about that," said Betty Castorena.

"As a parent with a kid almost the same age as this little girl, I was so concerned, worried and sad. I cannot think about the pain that their family is having," said Alejandra Chew, mother of a daughter with autism.

The Autism Society of El Paso provides resources for those affected by autism and those who would like to learn more about the disorder.

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

If you know anything about Kianna Johnson’s death, you are advised to call the El Paso Police Department at 915-832-4400.

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