Teenager dies after being struck by vehicle

The scene of the last night's accident on Ridgebury Road, where a 15-year-old girl was struck and killed by a vehicle.

The scene of the last night’s accident on Ridgebury Road, where a 15-year-old girl was struck and killed by a vehicle.

UPDATE 5:15 p.m. — A 15-year-old girl died after being struck by a vehicle around 9:30 p.m. Friday night on Ridgebury Road, acting Fire Chief Kevin Tappe confirmed.

Police did not report an arrest stemming from the accident Saturday morning. 

“This is an ongoing police investigation and as the investigation permits, further information will be released,” police said.

The Ridgefield High School student’s identity has not been confirmed yet, but the state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said more information would be released tomorrow. 

Chief Tappe could not confirm the extent of the victim’s injuries, but said she was treated extensively in the ambulance while being rushed to Danbury Hospital.

“She passed away last night right after she arrived at the hospital,” he said. “The cause is trauma from a car accident.”

Police remained on the scene for several hours investigating the accident, Chief Tappe added.

Fire police directed traffic.

The Ridgefield Police Department confirmed that detectives were back on the scene Saturday morning investigating the accident.

Chief Tappe confirmed the victim was “not alone” and that a group of kids were on the scene when the paramedics arrived.

He added that the driver was not taken to the hospital.

Ridgebury Road was closed from George Washington Highway to Chestnut Hill Road around 9:50 last night and remained closed while police investigated.

“The Ridgefield Police Department would like extend their thoughts and prayers to the family of the deceased,” said a police press release. ” It is a tragedy when a person loses their life at such a young age.”

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  • MM22

    This is so tragic. Very sorry to hear this. Prayers to the family.

  • MM22

    This is so tragic. Very sorry to hear this. Prayers to the family.

  • DoctorEmmitBrown

    It is a tragedy when someone loses their life at such a young age and in such manner. However we as a human race must not view this accident with a driver and a victim. We must view both parties, including their families as victims here. A young woman lost her life and a man has to live with that over his head, an image that will never dissipate. We all know the roads in ridgefield are narrow and dark. We also know that the drivers on that road rarely give the courtesy of shutting off their high beams which leads many drivers temporarily blinded. I would like to extend prayers to both family’s during this hard time. Remember since police determined no foul play it is important not to blame any party, this is why they are called accidents. Both persons and their families lives have now changed forever. No single person should have the gall to Monday morning quarterback the play because it could happen to any one of us who drive these roads! God Bless

  • DoctorEmmitBrown

    It is a tragedy when someone loses their life at such a young age and in such manner. However we as a human race must not view this accident with a driver and a victim. We must view both parties, including their families as victims here. A young woman lost her life and a man has to live with that over his head, an image that will never dissipate. We all know the roads in ridgefield are narrow and dark. We also know that the drivers on that road rarely give the courtesy of shutting off their high beams which leads many drivers temporarily blinded. I would like to extend prayers to both family’s during this hard time. Remember since police determined no foul play it is important not to blame any party, this is why they are called accidents. Both persons and their families lives have now changed forever. No single person should have the gall to Monday morning quarterback the play because it could happen to any one of us who drive these roads! God Bless

  • LarryCook

    I have written this before after a pedestrian death and I’m afraid I’ll write it again. I don’t know what side of the road these young people were walking, but too often I see people walking on the right side, with traffic, which is absolutely the wrong side to walk on. Walking on the left you are facing traffic. You can see it coming toward you and you have a chance to get out of the way of a car that’s too close to you and your side of the road. I don’t understand why this is not a common practice, but I know if everyone walked on the left, facing traffic, many lives would be saved. If you walk on the right, you could be hit by a vehicle before you know it’s coming. I’m not blaming the young woman. I feel very sad for her and I have the deepest sympathy for her family and friends. I hope they find a way to deal with this terrible tragedy.

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