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Memorial made for Papillion girl hit by car

Posted at 10:12 PM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 23:13:42-04

PAPILLION, Neb. (KMTV) — Just two days ago, ten-year-old Abby Whitford was walking down the crosswalk, legally, with her brother, heading to the library. That's when a vehicle struck her.

Papillion-La Vista Public Schools announced Thursday that Abby Whitford died earlier that day from the injuries she received in the Tuesday night accident.

The girl was just starting 5th grade at Trumble Park Elementary when her life was cut short.

Thursday night folks brought flowers to the intersection she died at, including Britny Harrison, and her two little girls, Aubrey and Angeline.

"My daughters heard that the little girl had passed away so they wanted to do something nice for her. They gathered up all their piggy bank money and we went to Hy-Vee to go buy some fresh flowers for her,” says Britny Harrison.

The 19-year-old woman driving the car that hit Abby called 911 and waited at the scene until police arrived. Investigators are now looking at her cell phone data.

Many folks in Papillion are turning their attention to the crosswalk, that they deem dangerous. there is a variety of extra security including a speed sign and blinking lights.

Harrison wants to see a traffic light installed.

"I would like to see a light get installed. I could never allow my daughters to cross there knowing what happened,” says Harrison.

Abby six-year old brother also attends Trumble Park Elementary and she also has a brother in 8th grade at Papillion Middle School. Papillion-La Vista schools says grief counselors will be available tomorrow.