Friends and family of 17-year-old Catrina Fox are stunned by the Colorado teen's death, after she jumped from a moving car to oncoming traffic on U.S. 285 at about 1 a.m. Saturday.
The Associated Press reports that police in Denver say that the teenage girl was hit and killed by an oncoming vehicle after she exited a car being driven by her mother. She was hit by a 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser being driven by another teen, a 17-year-old boy, who police say that they do not plan to file charges against. The boy was uninjured.
The Denver Post reports that Fox had just earned her GED certificate and had plans of moving to California.
"I think she was dealing with a lot of demons," her friend Kayla Lucero, 18, told the Post Saturday. "She went over the edge with her emotions."
"I've never seen anything like that. She just got hit at full speed. It was horrific," said The Post's photo editor Dean Krakel. Krakel was driving home from work behind the car that hit the girl, but didn't see the accident happen, only witnessing something in the middle lane of the highway before swerving right to barely avoid hitting it. Krakel told The Post that the the girl's mother collapsed on the roadway as he was talking to her following the accident.
No reasons have been given for why Catrina jumped out of the car, though The Daily Mail notes that police have said that they do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor. Her mother told investigators that the girl kicked out the door and jumped out of the moving car.
9News.com reports on the tragic death and its effect on Fox's community: