School official responds after 13-year-old girl hit & killed by truck at busy intersection

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Correction: This story has been updated, changing the girl’s age from 12 to 13.

A 13-year-old girl died after she was hit by a truck in Parkway Village Wednesday afternoon, according to the Memphis Police Department (MPD).

MPD said that the young girl was struck by the vehicle at Winchester Road and Castleman Street around 3:35 p.m.

The young girl was rushed to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital but did not survive her injuries, according to Memphis Police.

The driver of the white truck that hit the child did stay on the scene and was detained, according to police.

People who were on the scene when the accident happened said she was a student from Woodale Middle School who was walking home from school.

The focus of the investigation was a white pickup truck near the intersection.

People who live and work around the intersection of Castleman and Winchester said there are always people speeding through the light, which can be dangerous with three schools nearby.

Memphis Police said the girl was not walking in a crosswalk when she was hit and killed.

One business owner said he was one of the people who saw the immediate aftermath of the accident, and it hit him hard to see the young girl badly injured because he has children of his own.

“With mine, personally, I love to pick mine up and drop them off because that’s a worry I have myself. That’s why I jumped at the car like I did, because I know that’s a worry parents worry about,” Kareem Ollins said.

One man who lives on Castleman Street near where the accident happened compared the intersection to the Indianapolis 500.

“Every day, they just fly through here,” he said. “You know, if they had crossing guards at that corner, that little girl wouldn’t have had to cross away from the light.”

Jocquell Rodgers, executive director of Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee, said the district is not only providing counseling and emotional support to the students and staff but is also pushing for more traffic safety.

“I think what we would love to see is a little more support from the police department to deter speeding,” she said.

While there are speed bumps and signs immediately surrounding the campus, there are no signs at the busy intersection.

Three schools sit near the intersection.

“We would absolutely love to get some flashing lights that say this is a school zone,” Rodgers said. “Crossing guards would be amazing, and if not crossing guards, PSTs often come and help with traffic.”