Girl, 6, killed when truck hits her bike

Published: Monday, January 12, 2009 at 11:44 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 12, 2009 at 11:44 a.m.

A 6-year-old girl on a bicycle died Saturday when she was struck by a semi in a northwest Gainesville neighborhood, police reported.

The girl, Jani'yah Irving, had been riding with another child when the accident occurred at NW 12th Terrace and NW 32nd Avenue at about 2:30 p.m., said Gainesville Police Officer Summer Hallett.

The girl apparently didn’t or couldn’t stop at a stop sign at the intersection, according to police. She road under the back end of the passing truck and was run over by the vehicle’s rear wheels, police reported.

The child, who suffered head trauma from the accident, was pronounced dead at Shands at the University of Florida.

Police said that it was posted the road was a no-through route for trucks. An initial investigation by police did not show the child was wearing a helmet.

The girl was traveling north on the road while the truck, driven by Marcus Olden Jr., 59, of Jacksonville, had been headed west, Hallett said. Stop signs were posted for north and southbound traffic on NW 12th Terrace.

The driver, heading to make a delivery at a local bedding store, told police he heard something hit the back of his vehicle and then heard screaming, Hallett said. He stopped and, when he got out, saw the child on the road.

The accident was the first traffic fatality in the city this year.

The wreck remained under investigation Monday, according to officers.

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