An 18-year-old student from Turlock High School was killed Friday night after being hit by a vehicle while crossing Golden State Boulevard.
The teenager was identified by the Turlock Police Department as Glenn Cooper.
The accident happened around 8:30 p.m. Friday.
According to the police department, Cooper was crossing Golden State Boulevard at the Fulkerth Road intersection in the crosswalk, but against the red light. He was struck by a vehicle that was headed southbound on Golden State Boulevard, said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Steve Rodrigues.
Cooper was transported to a nearby hospital where he died from the injuries he sustained from the accident.
Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in this collision. The driver of the vehicle has been cooperative with this investigation, Rodrigues said.
The police department learned Cooper was a student at Turlock high and informed the Turlock Unified School District of his passing. The District has had counselors on hand to assist with grief counseling for students, staff and faculty.
Cooper’s aunt, Judy Grace-Townsend described her nephew on a Go Fund Me page as “a beautiful, innocent soul” who loved music, skateboarding, video games, and photography. She wrote that her nephew was the caretaker for his mother, who is paralyzed.
“The tears have been flowing with our family since that horrible accident took his precious life,” Grace-Townsend wrote. “I am learning that Glenn touched many lives in Turlock. Everyone who met him loved him. He was so sweet and just wanted to be friends with all he met.”
The accident on Friday night bears similarities to the accident on Thursday night on Monte Vista Avenue that claimed the life of 20-year-old Benjamin Hudspeth.
Hudspeth was crossing Monte Vista Avenue at the intersection with Del's Lane, in front of Stanislaus State, around 9 p.m. Thursday night when he was struck by a car. He was crossing the street on a red light and was either in or near the crosswalk at the time. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died from his injuries.
The police department was recently awarded $110,000 from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. A 2013 study of traffic collisions in 103 similar sized cities ranked Turlock 31st for collisions that resulted in fatalities or injuries, with 365 traffic collisions. For collision involving pedestrians Turlock was 44th with 22 collisions. Turlock was 40th for collisions involving bicyclists with 28 collisions, and 42nd in collisions involving motorcycles, with 12 collisions.
A Go Fund Me page to assist with Cooper’s funeral and other expenses can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/funeral-for-glen.
Anyone with information regarding Cooper's death is encouraged to contact Officer Kristi Lavrar at 209-668-5550 x 6755. People can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at 209-668-5550 extension 6780 or email at email@example.com.