Family mourns 15-year-old girl killed in hit and run

AUSTIN (KXAN) -- For the second time in a little more than two weeks, students at Del Valle High School have lost one of their classmates. On Thursday night, 15-year-old Julissa Gutierrez died after she was hit by a car along State Highway 71 near US 183. Police say Gutierrez was walking in the roadway when the collision happened, and the driver took off.

At her visitation on Monday, Gutierrez's mother said her daughter was a beautiful person.

"You can't even imagine the pain a mother goes through when losing a child," said Martina Gutierrez. "Especially this way."

Investigators say the teen's body was found about 10:30 p.m. on the shoulder of the westbound lanes. Police are asking the public for any information about the crash.

"I don't know what to say about what happened," said Gutierrez. "The only thing I can say is that I lost my daughter because she was walking that road when someone irresponsible was driving."

Gutierrez says the area where her daughter was killed is dangerous, and she doesn't want this to happen to anyone else.

"I've asked the authorities to try and fix that area," she said. "To make a sidewalk so that children can walk, because it's just too dangerous."

Her mother is left with a broken heart, and so are students at Del Valley High. Many students heard the news through social media or through friends. Others heard it during Monday's morning announcements; that yet another Cardinal had passed away.

Earlier this month, 15-year-old Delia Ramirez was killed after an alleged-distracted driver ran a red light.

"He came and told us he didn't have good news, that Delia was gone," said junior Diana Serrano. "My first reaction, was crying."

"Hurt," said junior Tiffany Govea, "because they lost someone they knew and loved."

Students say school feels emptier without the girls, a void that cannot be filled.

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