Police Continue Hunt For Driver In Deadly Willowbrook Hit-And-Run
WILLOWBROOK (CBS) — Detectives Monday continued their search for the person behind a deadly hit and run in Willowbrook last week.
Jose Luis Arriola, 38, was killed while walking his 7-year-old daughter across Santa Ana Boulevard at Watts Avenue Friday.
“It’s not safe for our kids crossing these streets by these schools,” said Rashan Washington, who walks his two daughters home every day from Ritter Elementary School.
“There needs to be speed bumps on both sides of this street, because a lot of people come flying down these streets,” Washington added.
Just before 6 p.m. on Friday at the same crosswalk at Santa Ana and Watts Avenues, a hit-and-run driver struck and killed Arriola and critically injured his daughter, as they left the school following an after-care program.
“We have provided crisis counselors for our students, more specifically those in first grade with Miss. Romero. The counselors are available not only for students; they’re available for staff and parents,” Principal Charlene Green said.
Police Monday were still looking for the driver of a pearl white Cadillac Escalade.
Some parents told us that they were already aware of the dangerous conditions around the school long before the tragedy.
“Actually they need, like I said, speed bumps stop signs and everything over there. It’s just too dangerous. You know, sometimes it’s like, it’s a freeway, it really is,” said Gerald Stephens, a grandfather.
Georgina Lopez said she does not allow her 10-year-old son to walk home alone.
“I told my son, ‘If you don’t see me out here, you make sure you stay in school.’ Because I’m very, very concerned,” Lopez said.
A crossing guard monitors the intersection at the end of the school day, but leaves after an hour and a half.
“Cars just be flying up and down acting like it’s a freeway and they should realize that this is a school zone, you know,” Lopez said.
Parents were expected to have an opportunity to voice their concerns Tuesday at a special emergency meeting slated to be held in the school’s auditorium at 4:30 p.m. Law enforcement officials were also invited to attend.