PERRIS: 15-year-old girl killed when struck by sheriff’s patrol SUV identified
PERRIS — Family and friends are in mourning after a 15-year-old girl died when she was struck by a deputy in a marked patrol SUV in the city of Perris, Thursday, Nov. 16. The fatal accident happened on N. Perris Boulevard, north of E. Nuevo Road, according to officials.
Leticia Ramirez, a freshman at Perris High School who transferred from Heritage High School in Menifee just two months ago, died after being transported to an area hospital.
The accident happened about 8:40 p.m., when an on-duty deputy from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Perris Police Station struck the girl who had darted across the roadway, Riverside County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Rick Zerkel explained in a written press release after the fatal accident.
According to Zerkel, the deputy was responding to a routine call for service.
After the accident the deputy immediately summoned medical personnel, while witnesses provided medical aid and comfort to Ramirez. When firefighters and paramedics arrived they began preforming CPR on the girl before rushing her to an area hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead by hospital staff.
Officers from California Highway Patrol’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team responded to the scene to conduct an accident investigation, said Zerkel.
During their investigation CHP determined Ramirez was struck by the deputy when she ran across the southbound lanes of Perris Boulevard and into the northbound lanes, directly into the path of the patrol vehicle.
“The Riverside County Sheriff’s Professional Standards Bureau is investigating the officer’s compliance with Department Policy,” Zerkel explained.
Ramirez was identified publicly by Perris High Principal Juan Santos in separate Twitter and Facebook posts Friday morning.
“It is with a heavy heart I inform you one of our Panther students, Leticia Ramirez, passed away last evening,” Santos wrote. “The thoughts and prayers of the entire Perris High School community go out to her family. Leticia was a freshman and had a bright future ahead of her. Grief counselors are on campus to help students, staff, and parents deal with this tragic loss.”
Perris Union High School District has brought in its crisis team and extra counselors, The counselors will be available to any students, staff and parents who need them.
Message from Juan Santos, Principal
It is with a heavy heart I inform you one of our Panther students, Leticia… https://t.co/gYtOyYKkRa
— Principal Santos (@ThePtownway) November 17, 2017
The fatal accident was one of two major, vehicle versus pedestrian accidents involving local law enforcement officers on Thursday.
The other accident happened in Riverside, when an on-duty police officer struck a 25-year-old pedestrian on Van Buren Boulevard, west of Wood Road, in Riverside.
The accident, that left the pedestrian in critical but stable condition, happened about 5:30 a.m.
CHP’s investigation into the collision involving Ramirez is active and ongoing.
Anyone with additional information about this accident or who witnessed the fatal collision and has not yet provided a statement is encouraged to immediately contact California Highway Patrol at (951) 637-8000. Callers can refer to incident file number PE173200110 and can remain anonymous.
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Trevor Montgomery, who recently moved from Riverside County to Shasta County, runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.
Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident.
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.
Trevor has been married for more than 27 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 14 grandchildren.