SAN JOSE -- A campus and community has been in mourning after a recent Santa Clara High School graduate was killed in a car crash in San Jose last week.

Laurrina Marquez, 18, of Santa Clara, was killed around 4:10 p.m. Friday when the Cadillac DeVille she was riding in collided with a Honda CR-V at Tasman Drive and North First Street. According to San Jose police, the Cadillac, in which Marquez was a front-seat passenger, was westbound on Tasman when it ran a red light and hit the Honda, which was eastbound and turning left onto North First.

The impact sent the Cadillac careening off the roadway and into a traffic-light pole. Marquez was pronounced dead at the scene. The 17-year-old driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Honda was not injured.

On Tuesday night, hundreds visited a vigil created at the crash site. Marquez had just graduated from Santa Clara High School in December, according to the school district. Additional counselors have been on hand at the school in the wake of the death to support grieving students and staff.

San Jose police spokesman Albert Morales said the collision is still under investigation and it was not immediately clear whether the Cadillac driver will be criminally charged.



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