Little girl dies after being hit by truck in south Colorado Springs

Child hit and killed
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Published: Sep. 5, 2022 at 5:58 PM MDT|Updated: Sep. 6, 2022 at 1:49 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A child was killed Monday after being hit by a truck at an apartment complex.

Police say a driver in a pickup was looking for a parking spot around 3 p.m. when he hit a little girl who was riding her bike in the parking lot. The incident happened at the Copper Chase apartments on Southgate Road across from the Broadmoor Towne Center.

The driver stayed at the scene, and he and several bystanders called 911. First responders attempted life-saving measures, but the child died after reaching the hospital.

The little girl has not been identified. Police tell 11 News she was six.

Though the exact circumstances around the collision are currently under investigation, national organization Kids and Car Safety says the tragedy is unfortunately not an uncommon occurrence.

“Every year, thousands of children are hurt or killed because a driver moving forward very slowly didn’t see them in the area directly in front of a vehicle or they weren’t able to stop in time,” the group said Tuesday morning in a news release on the incident.

The organization said that even when motorists are using their mirrors correctly, all vehicles have blind spots in the front, sides and rear where, if a child crosses into, the driver may not be able to see them.

“The bigger the vehicle, the bigger the blind zone,” Kids and Car Safety said.

The Colorado Springs Police Department Major Crash Team is looking into the crash. There is no word yet on whether the driver has or will be cited.

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