Girl cyclist hit by van, dies in Battle Ground

The 11-year-old girl died, the driver is cooperating

A girl bicyclist was hit and killed by a van in Battle Ground Wednesday morning. October 19, 2016. (KOIN)
A girl bicyclist was hit and killed by a van in Battle Ground Wednesday morning. October 19, 2016. (KOIN)

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. (KOIN) — A girl bicyclist was hit and killed by a van in Battle Ground Wednesday morning.

The crash happened in the 28900 block of NE 82nd at 289th, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said. The 76-year-old driver was headed south and the 11-year-old’s bike was in the southbound lane.

Though the driver stopped his van, first responders told him to move it. He did, and investigators do not believe he was trying to get away. It is not being investigated as a hit-and-run.

The driver is cooperating with investigators.The sheriff’s office said the driver voluntarily provided his blood for analysis, and there does not appear to be any kind of impairment, nor does 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.