Woman struck crossing busy Arlington road identified as UTA student

A close-up photo of police lights by night.
A close-up photo of police lights by night. Getty Images/iStockphoto

A 27-year-old UTA student died after being hit by a truck while crossing a street on Wednesday, a university official confirmed.

Eneyda Sorto of Irving was attempting to cross in the 200 block of South Cooper Street about 5 p.m. when she was struck, said VaNessa Harrison, Arlington Police Department spokeswoman.

Sorto was a senior social work major, said Bridget Lewis, a university spokeswoman.

“The front end of the truck hit her, and then she went under and wheels rolled over her,” freshman Zach Gentry, who witnessed the incident, told The Shorthorn, UTA’s student newspaper.

Sorto was taken to Medical Center Arlington where she was pronounced dead about 7:15 p.m., according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s website. Police were alerted about 5 p.m., Harrison said.

According to police, a vehicle was turning southbound onto Cooper Street from Abram Street and collided with Sorto while she was walking in the roadway. The investigation is ongoing and detectives will continue to look into the cause of the crash, a news release from the Arlington Police Department said. No charges are expected against the driver of the vehicle at this time, the release said.

The School of Social Work released a statement Thursday, that said university officials will provide information about funeral arrangemeents and memorial services when it becomes available.

A table on the first floor of the Social Work Building A has been set up in memory of Sorto, the statement said. People were encouraged to stop by and sign the card for Sorto’s family or leave messages for her relatives and friends, the statement from Scott D. Ryan, Dean and Jenkins Garrett Professor School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Arlington, said.

Staff writer Azia Branson contributed to this report.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3