Hundreds attend vigil for 10-year-old Raquel Rosete

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Thursday 6:00 p.m. – Hundreds gathered Thursday night in Tierrasanta to say goodbye to a little girl who died from injuries she suffered over the weekend when she and a friend were hit by a driver who told police she fell asleep at the wheel.

10:00 a.m. – Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Thursday morning that 10-year-old Raquel LeeAnn Rosete was taken off life support and died Tuesday. She was previously declared brain-dead while on life support.

Rosete was one of two victim’s hit by suspected DUI hit-and-run driver Julianne Little, 30, of San Diego. Little allegedly drove onto the sidewalk and hit the two girls while driving north on Santo Road near Shields Street in front of Doris Miller Elementary School at about 6 p.m. Sunday. She drove away, but returned about 30 minutes later with her father, and claimed she had fallen asleep at the wheel, allowing the vehicle to swerve onto the sidewalk where the girls were walking.   

She was evaluated by a drug-intoxication recognition expert, then was arrested. Police believe drugs were involved.

Little pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run with injury in connection with the crash that killed Raquel and left her friend with a concussion and a broken ankle.   

Deputy District Attorney Marissa Bejarano told Judge Jay Bloom that Little drove through the bicycle lane and onto the sidewalk, hitting the girls.
Raquel landed on the hood of the car and was carried for 60 feet before being thrown into a bush.      

Defense attorney Anthony Solare said his client was truly devastated and hadn’t been getting much sleep in the days leading up to the accident.   

Little faces 11 years and eight months in prison if convicted as charged. Her bail was set at $1 million dollars.

Sunday – Two little girls were run over on a Tierrasanta sidewalk Saturday, and a 30-year-old woman drove off but returned with her father to claim she had fallen asleep, but police say she was driving while on drugs.   

Julianne Little, 30, of San Diego, was arrested for suspicion of felony hit and run, and driving under the influence of drugs, after running over two
children on a sidewalk in Tierrasanta Saturday night, according to San Diego Police.   

A 10-year-old girl was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, she was said to have suffered severe brain trauma and is believed to be brain dead. Another girl, 12, who was with her was hospitalized with serious, but non life-threatening injuries following the crash.

The girls’ names were not released.   

Little had been driving north on Santo Road near Shields Street in front of Doris Miller Elementary School at about 6 p.m. when she allegedly drove onto the sidewalk and hit the two girls, Officer Robert Heims said.   

She drove away, but returned about 30 minutes later with her father, and claimed she had fallen asleep at the wheel, allowing the vehicle to swerve
onto the sidewalk where the girls were walking.   

She was evaluated by a drug-intoxication recognition expert, then arrested, Heims said.

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