BATTLE GROUND, Wash. (KOIN) — An 11-year-old girl died after she was hit by a van near a Battle Ground bus stop on Wednesday morning, officials confirmed.
The crash happened in the 28900 block of NE 82nd at 289th, Clark County Sheriff’s Office said.
Initial reports suggested the girl was on a bicycle when she was struck, however, that information was later determined to be false. Investigators said she was waiting at the bus stop on the west side of the road, when she dashed across the street and into the path of a car that was traveling south.
Though the driver stopped his van, first responders told him to move it. He did, and investigators did not believe he was trying to get away. It was not investigated as a hit-and-run.
The driver cooperated with investigators.The sheriff’s office said the driver voluntarily provided his blood for analysis, and there did not appear to be any kind of impairment, nor did it appear the driver was speeding.
Sgt. Fred Neiman told KOIN 6 News fog is a possible factor in the crash, but it’s unclear what the conditions were at the time.
Neighbors told KOIN 6 News on Thursday that this is not the first time a child has been struck and killed on NE 82nd Avenue. They say cars make their way over a hill and don’t have much space on the side of the road.
The girl was a student in the Battle Ground School District at Daybreak School. Communications Manager Rita Sanders says counselors will be available to students.
“They work through this program to respond and help staff and students and help them get through times of loss and crisis like this,” Sanders said.
The Battle Ground School district is having a tough week, as just last weekend a 13-year-old boy died after his cousin accidentally shot him. He was a student at Amboy Middle School.
“We are a very tight knit community. A lot of our residents have lived here for a long time, so something like this has a great impact on our district,” Sanders said.