MARYSVILLE (CBS13) – Neighbors and friends held a vigil at a growing memorial near the scene of a deadly accident that claimed the life of a young girl walking to school Thursday morning.

The Marysville Police Department said the third grade student, identified by neighbors and friends as 9-year-old Julianna Villa-Hopkins, lost her grip on her bike while walking across East 17th Street near Huston Street, and when she bent down to pull it upright, an SUV hit her.

Julianna was rushed to the hospital but died from her injuries.

Photos, candles and notes were added one by one to a memorial near the scene of the accident as friends tried to make sense of the unthinkable tragedy.

“She was very thoughtful and talented. I just can’t believe she died,” said friend Tyler Klingenfuss, who couldn’t hold back tears.

Police said the incident appears to be a tragic accident and have not arrested the driver, Cassandra Federspiel of Marysville. Although the investigation is still ongoing, drugs and alcohol do not appear to be factors, police said.

Neighbors said speeding has been a big problem in the area.

Comments (4)
  1. ryan says:

    too many distracted drivers facebooking or texting while driving that theyre clueless of their surroundings. Thats why the huge increase in pedestrian/car fatalities. Just observe other drivers. how many are actually looking out the window vs looking down at their phones. I was in my friend’s mom’s car and her mom was facebooking the whole way home. every time her phone alerted her of a FB message, she felt the need to respond right then.

  2. jack12122 says:

    Don’t be a d,i,c

  3. DEE says:

    Thats so sad,people need to slow down and watch for pedestrians,my heart goes out to her family and friends.I don’t know if the driver was messin with her phone but so many people still are,really it can’t wait at least till a red light if its that important to you.Too many kids have been getting hit by cars lately,it goes to show you,people need to slow down,and pay more attention,it could be thier child next.(hopefully not,im just say’n)ya never know these days

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