COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs police are investigating an incident involving a van hitting a 6-year-old riding her bike.
It happened Thursday night at the intersection of Silver Birch and Cottonwood Tree drives.
Investigators say the girl was riding across the intersection and was struck by a Ford van while it was making a right turn. The girl was taken to the hospital but died from her injuries.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation but officers do not believe speed, alcohol or drugs were factors. So far, the driver has not been identified and is not facing any charges.
The tragic accident happened right next to Banning Lewis Ranch Academy where the little girl attended as a first grader. The head of the school, Todd Morse says it was a somber day for students and staff, "For all of us, there will always be a hole in our heart for this young person. She leaves with one less fantastic smile."
A small memorial was placed at the crosswalk where the accident happened. People in the neighborhood stopping by to drop off notes, painted rocks and flowers to remember the little girl.
A Danny Finn, a neighbor, took the opportunity to speak to his grand kids about safety when riding around the community. "We had a family safety meeting while my grand sons riding their scooters around," says Finn. "If they see cars in a driveway they are to be extra cautious and we went over some safety rules."
Finn echos those neighbors whose hearts are with the family, "until it happens to you, I could only imagine what they are going through and our thoughts and prayers are out to them."