Silver Spring 13-year-old girl killed by car on a field

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- The father of a 13-year-old girl who saw his daughter fatally struck by a car on a soccer field, is speaking out.

Wilbert Reyes describes through anguished cries how he was coaching a soccer game and looked over to see his daughter getting rolled under a car that had barreled onto the field of Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring.

It was an unimaginable, gut wrenching scene for Reyes, his wife and three younger children who watched as Deborah Roxana Reyes Casasola was struck and dragged about 100 feet on the field. The car jumped up on the curb, hit Deborah and another woman. The woman has only minor injuries, Deborah took the brunt of the impact.

Reyes ran over and tried to help. He said his daughter had blood coming out of her ears, nose and mouth. She looked at him and closed her eyes. He believes she died within a minute of the impact. He now wears his daughter's soccer jersey with her number 44.

Montgomery County Police say there were three people in the Ford Escape, but they aren't sure who was driving,and police say, the three people are not being cooperative. They are asking witnesses to come forward to describe what they saw to help collision reconstruction detectives. Originally police thought the person driving the car did not have a license and was practicing. Now, they're not sure.

Deborah was born in America, her parents are from Guatemala.

Reyes is angry at police for trying to question his four-year-old and he's angry rescuers didn't get here sooner.

Police want to reassure witnesses who may be illegal immigrants that they won't be deported if they come forward with information. They pledge to not give their information to federal authorities.

Written by Peggy Fox


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