High School Student Dies After Being Struck by Van in Stamford

An 18-year-old Stamford High School student who was struck by a van while crossing the street in front of the high school has died.

Police said the teen was crossing Strawberry Hill Avenue in front of Stamford High School around 7:29 a.m. when she was hit by a 2000 Chevrolet Express van. She was transported to Stamford Hospital with severe injuries and later died, according to police. 

The victim has been identified as Karina Tinajero-Arreguin.

Stamford Public Schools released the following statement:

"On behalf of the entire Stamford Public Schools community we are deeply saddened to learn of this tragic loss of life. Our hearts and prayers go out to our student's family and friends. The district has notified Stamford High School families that we will be providing support to students and staff at Stamford High School tomorrow between 12-2. And extra support staff will be available as needed during the week."

The 37-year-old driver of the van did stop and is cooperating with the investigation, police said. The driver has not been identified.

Police said Tinajero-Arreguin was not in a crosswalk at the time of the accident. 

No charges have been filed and the Stamford Police CARS unit is investigating.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police at 203-977-4712.

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