A teenager who died in the crash of Flight 214 was struck by a fire truck, but it was not yet known if that was the cause of her death, officials confirmed Friday.
A hit-and-run investigation was underway concerning the circumstances surrounding the death of 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan.
While San Francisco Police confirmed the teen had been struck, they were still awaiting word from the coroner as to if she was already deceased at the time the fire truck hit her in the tall grass and fire-fighting foam of the field in-between runways where Flight 214 came to rest.
"When the fire truck repositioned itself to continue battling flames from the fuselage, the victim passenger was found in the tire track of the fire truck," police spokesman Albie Esparza said
Her body was discovered near the burning fuselage on Saturday. Investigators have said she was likely ejected from the plane along with her friend -- Wang Lin Jia – upon impact. Wang also died of her injuries.
San Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said the fire department was still conducting its own internal investigation, but acknowledged that police have confirmed that a fire truck ran over the girl.
Talmadge said fire officials are waiting for the coroner's report before releasing any details about the case.
"Nonetheless it's distressing," she said.
San Mateo County coroner Robert Foucrault said his initial results as to a cause of death would likely be released sometime next week. He would not comment on the police investigation.
"The police department is responsible for the accident investigation, and my office is responsible for determining the cause and manner of death," Foucrault said.
The teens were part of a group of 35 Chinese students and chaperones heading to a Southern California school for a three-week summer program.
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