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Esperanza O. Vasquez identified as the driver of car that struck and killed 13-year-old Deborah Roxana Reyes Casasola

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (WJLA) – Montgomery County police have identified the driver involved in a fatal pedestrian collision in the parking lot of a Silver Spring middle school that claimed the life of a 13-year-old girl on Tuesday.

Esperanza O. Vasquez, 33, of the 800 block of University Blvd. E in Silver Spring, called police on July Wednesday and identified herself as the driver of the 2008 Ford Escape that struck and killed 13-year-old Deborah Roxana Reyes Casasola.

Casasola and a woman were reportedly watching a soccer game when the SUV, which was driving in the rear of the parking lot of Eastern Middle School, took to the curb, struck a sign so hard that it split in half and then clipped a tree.

The adult woman suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Casasola later died of her injuries.
When the investigation initially began, the occupants of the Escape would not admit who was driving at the time of the collision.

Vasquez does not have a Maryland Driver's License or Maryland Learner's Permit, police said. Detectives are trying to determine if she has a valid license from another state.

Police said the owner of the vehicle, who has been identified as Roland B. Delgado-Romero, age 33, of the same address as Vasquez, was in the front passenger seat when the collision occurred. Romero has a valid Maryland’s driver’s license. A third passenger, a 26-year-old woman who has not been identified and holds a learner’s permit, was sitting in the rear of the car.

The unidentified woman was initially practicing her driving skills in the parking lot, but she and Vasquez switched positions at some point, police said.

No charges have been filed at this time, but police plan to consult with the State's Attorney's Office to determine the appropriate charges in this case.

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