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Belton ISD student dies days after hit-and-run while jogging

Rachael Westberg was hit while on a jog on Jan. 20. (Source: GoFundMe) Rachael Westberg was hit while on a jog on Jan. 20. (Source: GoFundMe)
Juan DeLeon (Source: Bell County Jail) Juan DeLeon (Source: Bell County Jail)
BELTON, TX (KXXV) -

A Belton ISD student has died after a hit-and-run on Jan. 20, Belton ISD said.

The district identified her as 16-year-old Rachael Westberg, a student at Belton New Tech High School.

The Belton Police Department said the 16-year-old girl suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by a vehicle on N. Industrial Park Rd.

On Thursday, Westburg was declared legally brain dead. Her family said she will be donating her organs, according to a GoFundMe

Police said the girl was jogging in the area around 7:10 p.m. when 21-year-old Juan DeLeon hit her and did not stop. A passing driver saw the girl on the ground and contacted police. 

Police identified DeLeon as a suspect 2 hours after the accident. 

He is being held in the Bell County Jail on a $75,000 bond. 

Belton ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon released the following statement: 

Rachael Westberg will always be remembered as a sweet and caring young lady who was loved by her peers. She was a member of the Belton High School Bel Canto Choir and was known for her beautiful voice and being a dedicated student."

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