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Police: 17-year-old accused of killing middle school girl in hit-and-run turns himself in

Giselle Martinez was stuck by a hot-and-run driver on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. He died the following day from her injuries. (Source: Martinez Family)

The driver accused of the deadly hit-and-run that took the life of 13-year-old Giselle Martinez; has been arrested.

On Monday, police issued an arrest warrant for Samuel Thomas Garcia, 17, of Sunland Park, New Mexico.

Garcia turned himself in Monday just before 5 p.m., according to police.

He is being charged with accident involving death.

The involved vehicle, a silver F-150, was seized with the help of the New Mexico State Police and the Sunland Park Police Department.

A middle school in El Paso’s Upper Valley is now dealing with the loss of one of its students.

Martinez was struck by the vehicle Friday, along Montoya Drive near Lincoln Middle School, while walking home. The vehicle fled from the scene.

Martinez was seriously injured in the collision, and her uncle, Uriel Delgado, confirmed on Facebook that his niece died the day after the crash.

The teen girl was walking home with her 9-year-old brother, who is a student a Mitzi Bond Elementary.

El Paso Independent School District officials said there are counselors at the middle and elementary school on Monday.


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