Child Struck by Vehicle Near School, Dies

10:21 PM, Oct 10, 2012   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- No charges have been filled against the driver who struck and killed a first grade boy outside Watkins-Nance Elementary School.

The incident happened just before 3:00 p.m. near the intersection of of Jaggers Plaza and Barnhamville Road.

Police say a pickup truck, carrying lawn/gardening equipment was involved in the incident. The child is reported to be a 6-year-old boy. Police say he was transported to an area hospital, and died as a result of his injuries.

So far, no charges have been filed in the case. Police are continuing to investigate what led up to the tragic wreck.

With three Richland One schools just a few blocks from each other near Branhamville Road, neighbors say you see a lot of kids walking along the road.

"A lot of kids in the neighborhood, said neighbor Curtis Hopkins. "You have to be mindful of your surroundings especially in this area in a school crossing area."

While Hopkins has lived on this street for seventeen years, he says he's never before seen what happened at three p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

According to Columbia Police, a school crossing guard was working on there other side of Barnhamville Road when the boy was struck by a landscaping vehicle.

"There was a nurse that came over from the school across the street from me Watkins Nance and she tried to revive him but he didn't move," said Hopkins.

Spokesperson Jennifer Timmons with the Columbia Police Department says the driver looked up, put on the brakes, but the first grader had already been hit by the vehicle.

"The child was transported to a local hospital where the medical staff pronounced him deceased," said Timmons.

Timmons says there are no charges at this time. The initial investigation shows the driver, carrying a trailer of lawn and garden equipment, was not speeding or under the influence of alcohol.

"The information that we've received is that the crossing guard did notice the truck slow down when he entered the school zone," said Timmons.

A horrible accident that neighbors say they hope they'll never have to see again.

"Very upset when stuff like that happen. Cause that hit home today. It hit home. It hit home in the worst kind of way today," said Hopkins.

Richland School District One is expected to release an official statement Thursday morning.












































































































































































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