The family of Aileen Quiroz is grieving after the 5-year-old was struck and killed by an SUV while she was crossing the street in front of Parkview Elementary School. Aileen was walking across Bluefield Drive in South San Jose with her aunt, Maria Alana Quiroz, 30, and her sister, Arlet Quiroz, at the time of the crash. A Lexus SUV hit all three pedestrians. Aileen was pronounced dead at the scene. Her aunt was taken to Valley Medical Center with serious injuries including broken ribs and a punctured lung.
According to police, the driver of the SUV stopped at the scene of the collision and is cooperating with investigators. The driver, a 20-year-old male, was driving west on Bluefield Drive toward Vistapark Drive when the accident occurred. Relatives of the victims say drivers frequently speed in the area. In the past, Aileen’s family had told school officials that there needed to be crossing guards in the area. Nearby residents recall that there was also once a petition to ask the city for speed bumps near the school, but nothing ever happened. San Jose Police Department spokesperson Albert Morales noted that there are currently 17 officers assigned to the traffic division, which patrols five enforcement zones in all of San Jose. Previously, the police department assigned more than 30 officers to traffic enforcement, but the number decreased because of budget cuts.
The San Jose Police Officers Association is accepting donations to provide financial assistance to the Quiroz family. Contributions can be sent to the San Jose Police Officers Association Charitable Foundation at 1151 N. Fourth Street, San Jose, CA 95112, or at www.sjpoa.com.