Teen girl struck by minivan while jogging in San Rafael dies


SAN RAFAEL (KRON) — A 17-year-old girl who was struck by a minivan while jogging in San Rafael last week has died, according to police.

She has been identified as 17-year-old Aura Celeste Machado, a junior at San Rafael High School.

On Monday the teen’s parents made the decision to end life support after consulting with doctors, police said.

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San Rafael High School principal Glenn Dennis said the school was notified over the weekend that Machado had died.

Police said Machado’s parents decided to end life support after consulting with doctors.

School officials shared the family’s message with students at school Monday and grief counselors were made available.

Police received a report the evening of June 2nd of a female lying on the roadway on Point San Pedro Road, near Manderly Road, according to police.

Officers arrived on the scene and discovered the girl suffering major injuries.

The girl had been jogging west on the sidewalk of Point San Pedro Road when she went into the roadway to avoid a recently fallen tree in her path, according to police.

The driver of the minivan struck the teen, but remained at the scene and cooperated with police.

Officers determined that the driver, a 69-year-old San Rafael man, had consumed an alcoholic beverage.

The driver’s blood alcohol level at the scene was .02 percent, which is below the legal limit, according to police.

Although the driver had alcohol in his system, a field sobriety test concluded that he was not impaired at the time of the accident.

“Some of you may remember Celeste for her laughter, others may remember her brightness or her beauty. We will remember her for all these things and more” her family said in the message.

Donations to the family may be sent to Josh Nagler, c/o Cats Paw Bookkeeping, 119 Laverne Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941.

School officials said students will be informed of a memorial service when plans are finalized.

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