According to witnesses, she had a faint pulse at the scene and was transported by rescue La Crescenta Mourns Loss of Teen Athletepersonal to University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the vehicle, in his early 20s, was from the San Bernardino area.
"It was an unfortunate accident, he never saw her coming," said responding officer Sgt. Tony Gorell of the San Bernardino Police Department, who responded to the scene at 10:29 p.m. Saturday. "There was an ambulance that happened to come by ... she got the fastest possible treatment."
There was not an arrest at the scene and no charges have been filed against the driver, who submitted to a blood test to determine whether alcohol or drugs were present. The results of the test will not be made public for about 30 days, said the detective in charge of the investigation, Rich Lawhead.
"At this point in the investigation, it doesn't look [like charges will be filed]," said Lawhead. Police will be looking at the vehicle involved and do a skid analyses to determine if there was excessive speed involved.
The driver was visibly upset at the scene. "He was very traumatized by this," said Gorell. When it was determined that she was dead, Gorell said the driver, "just broke down crying."
Students and teachers have spent the week remembering Polizzotto.
"She was like a bright light that entered my room," said science teacher Orenda Tuason. "What a ball of energy." Tuason, who was Polizzotto's biology teacher last year, stated that she was always helpful to fellow students and loved biology. "I know she was interested in joining the medical field," added Tuason.