CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating after a teenage girl was struck and killed by a Camden County police cruiser on Wednesday night. Seventeen-year-old Nerreada Robles was hit as an officer was responding to a call.
Nerreada was a senior at Woodrow Wilson High School. She was one of five siblings.
Her aunt says she loved fashion and was planning to attend community college.
Her family held a candlelight vigil for her Thursday afternoon on State Street near Harrison Avenue, where she was struck and killed.
“I want justice for my daughter. She was only 17, going to school and work, she was a senior,” Robles’ mother, Nydia, said. “And I’m out here on the scene and I see that they dragged my daughter all the way from over there to over here like she was a freaking animal.”
“It’s just hard, I don’t want to believe that she is actually gone,” Robles’ Aunt Yagi said. “I really lost a whole piece — I feel as though I failed as an older sister. I wasn’t there to protect her.”
The crash happened around 10 p.m. Wednesday in Camden’s Cramer Hill neighborhood.
Nerreada’s relatives say she had just got off the bus and crossed East State Street to walk to her best friend’s house when she was hit by the patrol car.
A source confirms to Eyewitness News that the Camden County Officer had their lights and sirens on, and was en route to a disturbance call when the accident happened.
The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office crash team has taken over the investigation.
The identities of the officers involved have not yet been released, but police say two officers have been placed on administrative duty.
There is surveillance cameras near the scene.
Police are not commenting on that or possible dash cam video.