10-year-old girl riding bike to school fatally struck by vehicle

Crash occurred near Ranch View East and Remrock Valley

A 10-year-old girl who was riding her bike to school was fatally struck by a vehicle in far West Bexar County, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

SAN ANTONIO – A makeshift memorial is growing at the site where a 10-year-old girl who fell off her bicycle and was struck and killed by an oncoming SUV on Thursday morning in far West Bexar County.

The accident, which occurred around 7:30 a.m. on Ranch View East and Remrock Valley in the Valley Ranch neighborhood remains under investigation, said Deputy Johnny Garcia, a spokesman at the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. It’s still believed the girl’s backpack may have caused her to lose her balance, falling into the vehicle’s path.

The driver is not expected to face charges.

The name of the child has not yet been released.

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“This is a tragic situation,” Garcia said. “This beautiful girl was just on her way to school, just like any other kid in this neighborhood that makes the commute on their bicycle.”

A child riding their bike to school was struck by a vehicle early Thursday morning, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office said.

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By the end of the school day at Kallison Elementary, where the victim was a fifth grader, parents picking up their children were well aware of the tragedy.

Among them, Dottie Nelson who said she’d been “literally crying all day.” At first, she feared it might have been her daughter on her bicycle.

“All I could think about was my daughter because she rides to and from school,” Nelson said.

But then, her daughter called her telling her she’d arrived at school on time.

“My heart goes out to the family,” Nelson said. “I’m so sorry for their loss and we’ll keep them in our prayers.”

Northside Independent School District spokesman Barry Perez said counselors are at the school to address the needs of the students, staff and family. He added that therapy animals will be onsite as part of the counseling process.

The district will send home a letter to parents regarding the accident.

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