Mom Sees 6-Year-Old Fatally Struck By Pickup

By Julie Tam
|  Thursday, Oct 21, 2010  |  Updated 2:38 PM CDT
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Julie Tam, NBCDFW.com

An Arlington first-grader walking to school was hit and killed in front of her mother.

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An Arlington first-grader walking to school was hit and killed in front of her mother Wednesday morning.

Arlington police said 6-year-old Sarah Brazzell was hit by a pickup truck at Ichabod Circle and Park Springs Boulevard just before 7 a.m., when it was still dark outside.

The child left her apartment on Ichabod Circle on her way to Dunn Elementary School and crossed two lanes of Park Springs Boulevard and stopped in a grassy median, an Arlington Independent School District spokesperson said. A truck coming around a curve in the road hit the girl when she turned around and ran back across the street toward her mother after her mother called to her from the sidewalk.

The driver stopped to help Sarah, who was taken to a hospital, where she died.

Police said they do not plan to charge the driver because there is no indication that he was speeding or driving under the influence.

"Whenever you come around that blind curve, you can't see anything," neighbor Robert Stringfellow said. "I think they need to put a crossing walk right here because in the morning time, when I go to work, I see 10 kids at a time crossing by going to school."

The Arlington ISD does not provide bus service to students who live less than two miles from school. Sarah lived one mile away from Dunn Elementary.

The school provided counselors to help teachers and students deal with Sarah's death.

According to Arlington police records, two other accidents have occurred this year within half a mile of where Brazzell was hit.

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