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Hume-Fogg Student Struck, Killed By Semi-Truck

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Elena Zamora Elena Zamora

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Grief counselors will be on hand Friday at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School after one of their students was struck and killed by a semi-truck while crossing the street in downtown Nashville.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police said 17-year-old Elena Zamora was struck and killed at 1 p.m. Thursday. The incident occurred at the intersection of Church Street and Rosa Parks Boulevard.

Police said Zamora was walking east to west on Church Street in a crosswalk when she was struck by the semi. First responders rushed to the scene.

"When they arrived, the 17-year-old was partially pinned underneath the truck. Every effort was made to rescue her, to resuscitate her," said Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron.

But Zamora's injuries were so severe she died a the scene a short time later.

The driver told police he did not see the teenager. According to police, the failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk was the primary contributing factor to the collision.

"When the light turns green for through traffic on Church, the walk signal allows pedestrians to move," Aaron explained.

The driver of the semi-truck was identified by police as 45-year-old Troy Devitt, of Florence, Alabama. They said he was hauling electrical equipment to Certified Communications Solutions, located on Polk Avenue. 

Devitt was not charged Thursday. The district attorney will review the completed police investigation and then determine if Devitt will face charges in connection with Zamora's death.

Administrators from Metro Nashville Public Schools issued a statement Thursday afternoon:

"Metro Schools' staff is deeply saddened to learn the victim of a tragic accident in downtown Nashville was one of our 11th grade students at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School.  This bright, beautiful young lady had a promising future and will be missed by everyone who knew her at Hume-Fogg.  We will have counselors available to students Friday morning at the school and as needed after the winter break. The entire Metro Schools' community extends our sympathy to her family and all who loved her during this tragic time."

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