Mother of 12-year-old girl killed in crash last June raising awareness for pedestrian fatalities across Las Vegas valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Veronica Carillo’s life has changed forever after losing her 12-year-old daughter, Yelina Tarango, who was walking with friends when a car struck her as she was on her way back to her grandma’s house in broad daylight last June.

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Now, Carillo wants to raise awareness for pedestrian fatalities across the valley.

“It’s been very hard, and we are still in shock. We just can’t believe what happened. Especially in our neighborhood,” Carillo explained.

While the men responsible for her daughter’s death were caught, Carillo knows there are so many other reckless drivers out there on the roads. She said the residential area near Belmont Street and East Carey Avenue in North Las Vegas where Tarango was hit is a danger zone.

  • Yelina Tarango, 12, killed in North Las Vegas hit-and-run crash. (KLAS)
    Yelina Tarango, 12, killed in North Las Vegas hit-and-run crash. (KLAS)
  • Yelina Tarango, 12, killed in North Las Vegas hit-and-run crash. (KLAS)
    Yelina Tarango, 12, killed in North Las Vegas hit-and-run crash. (KLAS)

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Carillo’s attorney, Paul Albright stated that the number of roadway fatality cases he has seen at his law firm in just the last few years has been startling.

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“This is a school zone and people are flying up and down here at freeway speeds. It’s becoming a daily occurrence that someone is killed because someone else made a  irresponsible unacceptable decision,” Albright said.

Tarango would have been 13 years old this March. Her family is raising money for her headstone, click here to donate.

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