ANMN ARBOR, Mich. (WJBK) - A 16-year-old hit by a car and killed just steps away from Huron High School in Ann Arbor.
It was a somber walk home at the school as students walked the very path where their classmate was killed only hours before.
School officials say the victim is 16-year-old Justin Tang. He was a junior at Community High School and was crossing Fuller to take a bus from Huron to Community when it happened.
Police say Tang was crossing Fuller around 7:20 when a 26-year-old woman from Ypsilanti hit him with her car. He was transported to DMC Huron Valley where he was pronounced dead. The driver immediately stopped at the scene and is cooperating with police.
"Usually I walk through the park in the morning like, that actually could've been me," said Quinton Horgow, a Huron senior. "That could've been someone I know."
"I saw police cars and then after a while, it just got around school that someone got hit by a car," said John Bellows, a senior at Huron.
"A lot of people are just broken," Horgow said. "I'm in homebuilding, so we went to Community (High School), and there was a lot of people outside crying."
Police are still trying to figure out if the victim was walking in the crosswalk when this happened or just nearby it. That could determine if the driver was at fault.
Parents and other community leaders believe traffic lights at the crosswalk could have prevented this. Some have been asking for lights in this particular spot for years.
"This area here by Huron High School is definitely an area that should have a light for pedestrians, period,” said Lauren Sargent, a concerned parent. "There's so many people walking across that road."
Supt. Jeanice Swift shared in a statement: "Justin was a highly engaged student at Community High School, an academic high-performer, and was very involved in Community Ensemble Theater. Our hearts and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time."
Grief counseling is being offered to students at all Ann Arbor Public schools.
"I's shocking," Horgow said. "It's not every day that someone at your school dies."