Joana Sendino, 17, was killed after she was hit by a car while crossing Silverlake Road on Thursday, Feb. 28. 

Police have released the name of the teen who was struck and killed by a car Thursday morning on Tucson's west side. 

Joana Sendino, 17, was a student at Cholla High School, Tucson Unified School District officials say. 

About 7:30 a.m. Thursday, police were dispatched to West Silverlake Road and South Cottonwood Lane for a report of a pedestrian crash, according to Tucson Police Department news release. 

A memorial to Joana Sendino, 17, who was struck and killed on Silverlake Road at Cottonwood Lane, Tucson, on Feb. 28, 2019.

When officers arrived on scene, Tucson Fire was taking the girl to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Shortly after arriving at the hospital, Sendino died from her injuries.

Detectives were able to determine that Sendino was crossing Silverlake from south to north, just west of Cottonwood. A silver 2016 Chevrolet Cruze was driving east in the median lane. A large truck was driving east in the curb lane, in front of the Chevrolet Cruze.

Based on information from witnesses and the driver of the Chevrolet Cruze, Sendino crossed the road right after the truck passed in front of her. 

As she entered the median lane, she was struck by the Chevrolet Cruze. The driver saw Sendino, but was unable to stop in time, police say.

Detectives with the Tucson Police Department pick up evidence at the scene where a teenage girl was struck by a vehicle on February 28, 2019 at the intersection of West Silverlake Road and Cottonwood Lane.

Police say the area Sendino was in, just west of the intersection, does not have a marked crosswalk. 

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Detectives believe speed was a possible factor in the crash. No citations have been issued at this time, but police are continuing the investigation.  

Anyone with additional information is asked to call 88-CRIME, an anonymous tipster line.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.

Contact reporter Gloria Knott at or 573-4235. On Twitter: @gloriaeknott

Metro Producer

Gloria is a Tucson native and attended the University of Arizona. She started at the Star as an apprentice in 2017. Following her apprenticeship, she began freelancing until becoming a full-time reporter and producer after her college graduation in 2018.