Delano neighbors rally for family, call for walking safety

Delano neighbors rally for family, call for walking safety
DELANO, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The death of a 12-year-old student at La Vina Middle School who was struck by a truck has left neighbors rallying to help her family, and the Delano Union School District is seeking ways to improve safety for students who walk to and from school.

"We want to make sure our kids are safe," said Delano Union School District Superintendent Dr. Robert Aguilar.

The school district plans on meeting with Delano city officials to plead their case for installing a traffic light at the intersection of Browning Road and Summer Drive where Shaylyn Pinoliar was struck.

The seventh-grade student was walking to school early Wednesday morning. Police say she was in a crosswalk when a driver made a right hand turn from Summer Drive onto Browning Road. The driver of a Ford F250 pickup apparently did not see the child and struck her. The driver did stop and tried to render aid.

At Nanay's restaurant, customers are contributing whatever they can and place money in a plastic jar at the counter.

"We are all helping each other as much as we can," said owner Rosa Cadiz.

Students at Morningside School have raised $1,200 for Shaylyn's family. A fundraiser is planned for November 21 at Nanay's Restaurant at 1727 Cecil Ave. in Delano and the public is encouraged to attend.