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Montgomery County police have identified the driver of an SUV that struck and killed a teenage girl in a Silver Spring school parking lot last week.

Police said in a news release that Esperanza O. Vasquez, 33, of the 800 block of University Boulevard East, was driving on July 1 in the rear parking lot of Eastern Middle School. Vasquez does not have a Maryland driver’s license or learner’s permit, but it was unclear if she had a valid driver’s license from somewhere else, police said.

The Ford Escape that Vasquez was driving hit 13-year-old Deborah Roxana Reyes Casasola of the 900 block of Northampton Drive in Silver Spring, who died, a news release said.

As of last week, police had not charged anyone.

The owner of the vehicle — Roland B. Delgado-Romero, 33, also of University Boulevard East, Silver Spring — was a passenger in the front seat, according to police.

A 26-year-old woman was a passenger in the back. Police did not identify her, but said she has a valid Maryland learner’s permit.

Police said that before Casasola was hit by the SUV, the rear passenger was practicing her driving skills in the parking lot. Delgado-Romero was in the front passenger seat and Vasquez was in the back seat.

A video surveillance camera shows that at some point before the crash, Vasquez and the other woman switched positions in the vehicle, police said.

-Andrew Schotz