A collision near 61st Avenue and Cactus Road Tuesday morning has claimed the life of a 17-year-old Peoria High School student, who was crossing the street when he was hit.
According to Glendale Police Sgt. Brent Coombs, the victim attempted to run across Cactus Road at 61st Avenue, from south to north, on the eastside of the intersection.
"The juvenile appears to have been in or near the eastside crosswalk, but he attempted to cross against a red traffic signal which resulted in a westbound vehicle on Cactus Road striking him," said Coombs.
Coombs adds that life saving measures were taken by witnesses, but unfortunately, the teen passed away at the scene about 7 a.m.
The victim had no identification on him, but investigators later found that the 17-year-old was a student within the Peoria Unified School District.
School officials later identified the victim as Peoria High School student Jeremy Skramstad. He previously attended Ironwood High School and an elementary school in the area.
Investigators say there were no signs of impairment on the female driver involved and there is no evidence of any improper driving on her part.
Students took to Twitter to express their condolences for the victim and to thank the girls who started a prayer circle.
@SydnieGee: "Rest in peace to the Ironwood student who passed away today! You are in everyone's prayers."
@alexisdillaaard: "Ironwood just came together like a family. That was absolutely amazing #proudtobeaneagle
A candlelight vigil was held at 7 p.m. at Desert Valley Park located at Sweetwater and 61st Ave. Students asked each other to wear white.
Skramstad's girlfriend Elizabeth attended the vigil and told FOX 10, "He's a sweetheart. He helped me through a lot more stuff before we were ever together, even when he was a stranger he helps a lot of people."
Statement by Peoria Unified School District
The Peoria and Ironwood High School communities have been informed and share in the loss this family is suffering. On behalf of the entire Peoria Unified School District, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family.
When we learned of this tragedy, we immediately mobilized our crisis intervention team and counselors who will be available throughout the week on both campuses for students who need support during this difficult time.
Blooming Days Floral and Gifts (623-556-1188) in Surprise is offering half off flowers and free delivery of flowers to help with funds for flowers and the ceremony for Jeremy.