Police in Chesterfield County, Virginia, say that a 9-year-old girl was killed in a sledding accident on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 4, WRIC reported.
According to the report, officials said that the girl was sledding down a driveway in the 2600 block of Mistwood Forest Drive at around 2:15 p.m.
She then slid into the path of a Toyota Tacoma truck, hitting the girl before immediately stopping.
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“When I came out about five minutes later, I saw somebody was laying on top of the victim and with a blanket,” neighbor William Barnett told the news outlet. “That was the first sight and then the first rescue squad got here. The EMTs rushed her to the hospital.”
“Her father [was] laying on top of her, covering her with a blanket,” said Barnett, describing the scene to NBC12. He also saw the Tacoma hit the girl.
“Someone else came in and ended up driving the truck home, because he was in no condition to drive the truck. He said he couldn’t drive. He was very shaken up,” Barnett noted.
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It’s unclear if the driver will be charged.
“When it gets like this, that hill is a sheet of ice, [Virginia Department of Transportation] doesn’t get to it soon enough,” Barnett told WRIC. “We’d rather not have any of the kids sledding in that hill at all because they can’t see the cars coming this way.”
Neighbors added that the girl was in the area from Florida to visit her grandparents. “This is just something that we’re not ever going to get over it,” Barnett said.
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Trevor Clarke, an Amazon delivery driver, told WRIC: “It was screaming from the driver and the victim.”
“There was a very traumatic and emotional moment. Then the parents and everybody else came outside. It was terrible,” Clarke noted.
“You let your kids come outside and something like that happens,” Clarke said. “It’s gotta be the worst thing in the world. It’s got to be.”
KidsHealth.org says that safety precautions are needed for sledding children.