STOCKTON (CBS13) -– A 9-year-old Stockton girl has died as a result of injuries she sustained after being struck by a van and set on fire, UC Davis Medical Center confirmed on Friday.

The violent accident between the van and Julianna Radilla as she was pushing or riding a motorized bike Thursday night led to the girl’s clothes catching fire, authorities said.

The 9-year-old was crossing East Main Street near Highway 99 at 5:20 p.m. with her brothers and sisters when a Chevrolet Astro van crashed into her, dragging her for more than a block. Her mother was reportedly waiting on the other side of the intersection.

“The young girl was ejected and the motorcycle was lodged under the bumper of the van,” said CHP public information officer Angel Arceo.

First responders put out the flames and transported her by helicopter to UC Davis Medical Center.

“When she came out from underneath the van, she was on fire,” said a sobbing Rebecca Foutz, the girl’s aunt. “It was really bad.”

Foutz said Radilla lost oxygen to her brain and her mother had to make the excruciating decision to take her off life support.

“They let her go peacefully,” Foutz said.

The driver of the van, a 23-year-old Stockton woman, stopped after the accident and was questioned by authorities. It wasn’t immediately clear if she ran a red light at the intersection. An investigation into the incident will determine if she will face any charges.

“That’s going to determine everything, who had the right-of-way,” Arceo said.

The accident happened just feet from Julianna’s elementary school. Classmates placed heart-shaped notes at the crash site.

“I wish we could see her one last time,” one classmate said.

A vigil will be held for Julianna at the crash site at 7 p.m. Friday.

Comments (25)
  1. Hereticmonk says:

    From my experience with motorcycles I would say she was riding it with the motor running. When the van struck her, the gas from the motorcycle leaked out onto the hot motor and ignited. So this brings up a good point of why this 9 year old was riding an unregistered, non street legal motorbike, without a drivers license on the street?

    1. Alexis Johnson says:

      Regardless of if she was riding it or not- this girl was in the crosswalk and hit by a car going through a red light- Our prayers go out to the family of this victim- A beautiful little girl just going to the park to be a kid!!!

      1. Matt says:

        Nowhere does it say the car ran a red light. Where did you get that? Of course it doesn’t matter to the girl but it definitely matters in the legal process. I find it odd the mother was on the other side of the street instead of crossing with or behind the little girl.

  2. koko says:

    How do you know she was riding an unregistered, non legal street legal motorbike without a drivers license on the street? She was in a cross walk it does not matter one iota if she was walking or riding any kind of bike, the driver hit her period. One of basic driving instructions before you get a license to drive is use extreme caution if the sun is in your eyes. The driver was careless period. I do agree little kids should not be riding any thing with a motor, but they do. The parents who buy children these things for their children are irresponsible, it should be illegal to sell them in the first place.

    1. Matt says:

      I don’t think you can say the driver was careless based on the avvailable information. She may have had a green light and been going below speed limit and the girl just darted in front of her. I’m not saying that is the way it happened as I don’t know but neither do you (unless you have personal knowledge that is not available here),

      1. deann says:

        thanks to everyone who sent there thoughts and prayers……………….
        and the driver was speeding and she did run the red light and she was in the cross walk with he grandma and little brother

  3. Rafael says:

    How horrible. That poor girl. Thoughts and prayers for her and her mother.

  4. James Curnutt says:

    A crosswalk is just PAINT! There are no magic barriers. You only enter a crosswalk when it is safe to do so. That means when people driving a car see you and they stop. If you jump out in front of a car, it does not matter if you are in a crosswalk or not.

    Very sad for this little girl. At 9 years old, barely old enough to be crossing the street by herself in the 1st place.

    1. Samantha says:

      When the crosswalk says “WALK” that is when it is supposed to “be safe” right? And obviously that does not mean people in a car see you and then stop. She didn’t jump infront of a moving vehicle..The driver was going well over the posted speed of 25mph.

      Also, she wasn’t by herself her grandmother, and little briother were there to witness the entire thing.

  5. JW says:

    Why did she lay there on fire until “first responders” put it out?? Her mother was right there too. Maybe the wording in the story leads me to believe this but someone first on the scene put her out?? I really hope the latter is the case. Such a horrible story!

    1. La says:

      Yes, her mother ran to put her out because not only did the 23 year old not stop, but also dragged her over 100 feet before coming to a stop. Her mom ran and attempted to scuff out the fire. The 23 year old ran a red light, failed to stop and hit Julianna who was walking her bike, not riding it across.

  6. Mace says:

    Whoever was driving the van was TEXTING…pull the cell phone records…senseless death…quit being stupid people

    1. Amber says:

      How do you just jump to texting!? Why dont you stop jumping to conclusions before you know all of the facts. This is a horrible accident that we do not know all the details too. We dont know what exactly was going on with the driver or the poor girl who got hit.

      1. James says:

        I bet the 9 year old was crossing when she was not supposed to. She did not have the right of way.

      2. JusticeWarrior says:

        James, she was most likely NOT crossing on a red light.

  7. Cmorno says:

    I would think she was too young to be riding a motorized bike. Especially on a busy street with no adult with her. Why was the mother on the other side of the street?

    I heard on the news that the driver ran a red light. Don’t know if this is correct. This is a horrible tragedy but parents need to stop giving in to their kids wishes and stop buying them motorized anything that they can ride until they are responsible.

    1. happy says:

      it dont matter if the parents bought her the motor bike or not the little girl died from a terrible accident my prayers go to the family r.i.p little one. and her grandma was with her she wasnt alone get the facts first.

      1. Cmorno says:

        Fact is, she was too young to be riding anything with a motor, especially on a busy street.

    2. La says:

      @James- the last time i checked, green and walking ment “GO”!!

      @Cmorno- She had TWO adults with her, I am not excusing it but many kids have dirt bike in Stockton, and her mother went ahead since grandma was walking along side of the two young ones.

      Regardless, a little girls life was taken and the driver is free! What is wrong with this picture? Schools need to have signs posted letting cars know to slow the heck down on a school zone!!!

  8. James says:

    From my experience, the 9 year old girl was very very likely running the red light. I’ve seen them do it all the time. Not surprising.

    1. JusticeWarrior says:

      Most likely, she was not.

    2. Samantha says:

      James you sound like an idiot! Julianna was with her granmother and her little brother the sign said walk! The driver of the van shouldnt have been speeding and regardless if the sun was shining in her face, she should have been going 25mph nothing more in a school zone especially when she “couldn’t see”. IThat women showed no remorse! Kind of what you’re doing right now! Its disgusting. Someone lost their baby. The only person to blame is the one that hit her and didnt stop until 3 blocks away.

    3. La says:

      You obviosusly never met Julianna, she was the sweetest and most lawful child. She was the mature and caring older sister. So fail on your part but good thing you are entitled to your opinion.

  9. WisenCynical says:

    “..dragging her for more than a block..”? that is a bit long…

  10. michele says:

    this is a sad sad time so stop telling them what to do got it?

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