- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON, N.J. (AP) - A teenager, who was pulling two children in a wagon on a rural road at night when it was struck by a vehicle and one child was killed, has also since died, New Jersey police said Thursday.

Eighteen-year-old Jairisa Galindo died Wednesday at Cooper Hospital in Camden, said New Jersey State Police spokesman Capt. Stephen Jones.

The accident happened about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when Galindo and her half-siblings and cousin were walking in the middle of Buddtown Road in Southampton. They were hit by a vehicle driven by Thomas Xenakis Jr., 37, of Southampton, Jones said.

Galindo was pulling 2-year-old Jyonshiel Martinez and 6-year-old Kahariel Martinez. Jyonshiel died a short time after the accident. Kahariel and 8-year-old John Giles were in critical but stable condition Thursday at Cooper Hospital.

A fifth person, 13-year-old Mahya Martinez, was walking off the road and was not struck.

Jones said Galindo was a half-sister of the Martinezes who are siblings. Giles is their cousin.

The driver stopped and cooperated with investigators, Jones said. State police said they have no evidence that excessive speed, drugs or alcohol were involved. No charges are pending, Jones said.

The posted speed limit was 45 mph; the road has no sidewalks, shoulders or street lights, Jones said.


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