4-year-old girl hit, killed outside Park Elementary School in apparent accident
3:42 PM, Aug 27, 2013
8:40 AM, Aug 28, 2013
TULSA - A 4-year-old girl was fatally struck by a car Tuesday in front of a Tulsa elementary school.
Tulsa police responded to Park Elementary School just before 3 p.m.
Officers said the girl was walking with her mother to her brother's school bus when she ran in front of an oncoming vehicle just inside the school's parking lot entrance.
Police said the driver likely could not have prevented the accident and will not be ticketed.
"Right now, all indication supported by at least the beginning of the investigation is that it was a tragic accident," said Tulsa police Sgt. Vic Regalado. "The child did run out. (The driver) was unable to see her and struck her."
The accident happened as the school was releasing students for the day. Several parents and teachers saw the events unfold.
Heather Johnson, a parent, checked on the little girl and considered giving her CPR but emergency responders advised her to stay away.
"I just felt like I had to do something, so I came over and I just gave her a hug and I asked her if I could pray for her baby," she said.
In a statement, Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard spoke of the district's "deep sorrow" at the loss of the young girl.
"Our hearts and prayers also go out to the driver and family of the vehicle, as this was an unfortunate accident. While we believe there is little that could have been done to prevent this tragedy, we want to urge drivers to be cautious when driving near schools and crosswalks," he said. "They need to give their full attention to the road and be mindful of children and their surroundings at all times."