Memorial for 10-Year-Old Girl Killed After She Crashed Her Bike Into Side of Vehicle
AMERICAN FORK, Utah – A 10-year-old girl was taken off life support, after police say she rode into the street and crashed her bike into a moving car.
A memorial now sits at 560 West 1120 North at the spot where the accident happened on Wednesday.
“I drove by the other day and saw the sign, came up to see what it was and read the card and it broke my heart,” said Ron Mace, who lives nearby.
He read the card left for the young girl, along with balloons, flowers and teddy bears.
“Ahadi, such a short life, such a precious little girl, rest in peace,” Mace read. “We will remember you.”
Police say the girl was riding her bike down 560 West but didn’t stop at the intersection.
“We’re not clear on the reasons but she ended up entering the intersection on 1120 North and struck the side of a vehicle that was passing by,” said Sgt. Josh Christensen.
The little girl, who has not been officially identified, was flown to Primary Children’s Medical Center in critical condition but was taken off life support on Friday.
“Any time you lose a loved one, but especially a child, it’s a struggle,” said Sgt. Christensen.
Just up the street from the accident, Brent Dayton played with his grandchildren Sunday and thinks about that little girl.
“Extremely saddened. Your thoughts go to your own family and your own kids and safety,” said Dayton.”
While police say it was not the driver’s fault and speed was not a factor, it’s especially important to watch for kids as the weather warms up.
“That’s probably the one thing we can do is just warn everybody and remind everybody to watch out if you’re in a residential area especially,” said Sgt. Christensen.
Police say if there’s something parents can take away from this, it’s to talk to younger kids about riding on the sidewalk and always watch for cars before crossing the street.
“When kids are involved it’s just hard,” said Sgt. Christensen. “They’re the innocent ones in our society that need us to be there and protect them.”
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