A 15-year old Willcox teen passed away Saturday in Tucson, succumbing to injuries received in a Sept. 20 accident.

Isela Berenice Figueroa, a sophomore at Willcox High School, was born in Willcox on July 24, 1997.

(See obituary on page A3.)

Figueroa “was injured when she jumped from a moving vehicle” at about 1:57 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, according to the police log from the Willcox Police Department.

Police Chief Jake Weaver told the Range News the accident occurred in the vicinity of Parker and Cochise Streets, near Foster Sheet Metal.

Figueroa was transported to Northern Cochise Community Hospital, then flown to University Medical Center in Tucson, he said.

The accident is still under investigation, with assistance from the Tucson Police Department, Weaver said Tuesday.

    Schoolmate Jesus Carrasco, a junior at WHS, said he was a friend of Figueroa’s for “six or seven years.”

“She liked hanging out with friends and got along with everyone, no problem,” he said.

“At her Quinceañera in July, she spent all night dancing and really enjoyed her night.”

Osvaldo Lopez, also a junior who knew her since he moved to Willcox three years ago, said he visited her in the hospital with friends three days after the accident, but she was not awake.

“It was very sad, her family is so sad,” he said. “She was a good girl, a good friend. She loved to dance and was always smiling. She was friends with everybody.”

That showed at a car wash held Sunday at Alco to raise money for the Figueroa family, as dozens of students spent all day washing cars and raising a good amount of money, Lopez said.

A fundraising menudo dinner was held Sunday morning at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

A benefit account in her name has been set up at the Cochise Credit Union.

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