A 16-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a motorist in Richfield late last month was identified Sunday.
Anabel Jazmin Gonzalez Rojas was trying to retrieve her dog that had gotten loose when she was hit about 11:10 a.m. on Nov. 23 on the 6800 block of Cedar Avenue. She was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where she died the next day of “multiple blunt force injuries,” according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office, which released information about her death Sunday.
Richfield police and the State Patrol did a reconstruction of the crash to determine how it happened, said Lt. Mike Flaherty of the Richfield Police Department. The results have not come back yet, he said
“That will be a big part of the investigation,” Flaherty said.
Flaherty said he could not confirm if the driver was distracted at the time of the crash. The driver, a 21-year-old Richfield resident, called 911 after the crash. He was questioned by police and released, Flaherty said.
Rojas was a sophomore at Washburn High School and was active at her church, St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Minneapolis, said Monica Mesa, a church worker who is helping the family.
Services will be held at noon Thursday at St. Stephen’s, 2211 Clinton Avenue S., Minneapolis.