17-Year-Old Dies After Falling From Moving Vehicle

A 17-year-old Texas girl died Saturday morning after she was hit by a moving vehicle that she fell from, police said.

At about 2:45 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a call on the 1500 block of South Cooper Street in Arlington. When officers arrived at the address they found Lelys Leyva-Monreal injured in the roadway; three others were trying to help her.

According to police, Monreal and four other passengers were inside a sport utility vehicle traveling southbound on South Cooper Street. As the vehicle was moving, Monreal began hanging out of an open window.

One of the passengers attempted to pull Monreal back inside the vehicle but was unsuccessful. The young woman exited through the window and landed on the roadway. She was then struck by the moving SUV, police said in a news release.

The driver stopped and three of the passengers came to her aid. However, the driver went back to the vehicle and took off, leaving the other passengers on the roadway with Monreal.

The young woman was transported to Medical Center in Arlington by an ambulance and died a short time later due to her injuries, police said.

Officials do not know if alcohol was involved and it's unknown if Monreal fell or jumped from the SUV window.

Crash investigators have been able to locate the driver of the SUV after speaking to witnesses, said police. 

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