Update: Pedestrian hit and killed near BYU

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PROVO — A pedestrian died after being hit by a car at the intersection at 700 North and University Ave. Wednesday morning.

Rosa Merino, age 42, was walking to work early Monday morning when she was hit by a 49-year-old male in a 1987 GMC pickup truck.

“We talked to the children this morning and they said that she was walking to work because her brakes were bad,” said Lt. Mathew Siufanua with the Provo Police Department.

The Provo Police Department responded to the accident at 6:20 a.m. this morning.

While first respondents weren’t able to find a pulse initially, the fire department was able to find Merino’s pulse. However, she later passed away at the hospital.

There are no indications that alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident, but police are investigating whether the driver was distracted at the time of the accident.

Merino is survived by her three daughters ages 16, 14, and 12. The daughters relied solely on their mother and have no close relatives. Child services currently has taken in the girls.

“They have a father that is out of the picture who doesn’t look like he will be a part of this as well,” Siufanua said.

The police department is waiting to see if someone will set up donations for the three girls.

This story was updated at 4:48 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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