Students mourn death of teen hit and killed on Southwest side
The 17-year-old boy who was killed when he was hit by an SUV on the Southwest Side on Monday night has been identified as Brandon Garcia.
He was a student at Southwest High School.
"I'm sad about it because why him? Why it had to happen to him?" said Bayron Garcia, a classmate and coworker of the victim.
According to police, Brandon was crossing Medina Base Road when he decided to turn around and cross back. A white Jeep Cherokee hit him and dragged him several feet.
"My teacher was crying and my friend was crying too. It was sad and I still don't believe it," said Bayron Garcia.
The 17-year-old worked as a dish washer at Golden Wok where coworkers say he was shy and quiet but a hard worker.
"He was to himself. Just get the job done and go home type of guy," said colleague Andrew Chan.
Garcia was taken to University Hospital in critical condition. He later died from his injuries.
The driver of the SUV stopped and will not be facing charges, said investigators.
SWISD released this statement to our news station:
The Southwest ISD family is deeply saddened over the loss of Brandon Garcia, a Junior at Southwest High School. To help our students, teachers, and staff during this difficult time, counselors and support teams have been assigned to the campus. Our heartfelt condolences to the family.