MILLERSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The grandmother of a 7-year-old girl struck and killed by a car in a driveway this weekend captured the accident on her cell phone.
The girl, identified as Tori Hicks, was struck by a vehicle in a driveway on McMurtry Road in Millersville.
Millersville police, fire, and EMS departments responded to the scene where the child was pronounced deceased.
During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Tori was playing in the front yard when she ran behind a neighbor’s 2001 Ford F-150 pickup truck as he was backing out of his driveway.
Tori’s family was in the front yard when the incident occurred. Her grandmother was videotaping the family gathering with her cell phone and captured the incident.
Authorities reported the video shows the rear of the vehicle strike Tori before she fell underneath it. They believe she was killed instantly.
“Tori, for some reason, run towards the pick up as he is moving. She is in the back and gets bumped down or slips and he ran over the top of her and she was struck and pronounced dead at the scene,” police chief David Hindman told News 2.
The video does not show the driver doing anything erratic, according to Millersville police. They said he was simply backing out of his driveway in a normal manner when the incident occurred.
A toxicology screening on the man came back clean, and he will not face any charges.
Tori’s great aunt, Diana Young, told News 2 she was a sweet, innocent little girl.
“She was just a quiet, sweet little girl. He got in the car. He didn’t see her, and things happen,” she explained.
Young added that both the family and the driver are having a hard time. “Both parties need to be prayed for,” she added.
In a statement to News 2, Tori’s father Stephen Hicks said:
I’d like all parents to be on the lookout for kids. It’s summer time and they are out playing and this kind of tragedy can happen if people are not paying attention. Tori was the sweetest little baby. I don’t know what else to say. My heart is broken. Tori loved everything. She loved nature and loved drawing and she loved her little brother who is 6. We need your prayers right now.
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