Aloha fifth-grader dies after being hit by car in front yard - KPTV - FOX 12

Girl struck by car in front yard 'an angel,' dad says

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ALOHA, OR (KPTV) -

Family members continued to mourn Friday after a fifth-grade girl was struck and killed while in the yard of her Aloha home.

Daniel Hornych described his 11-year-old daughter Kylie as "an angel" and said she was "an amazing soul to lose in this world."

"She always thought about others. She always looked for the weaker kid and she was always like a counselor to them," he said.

It happened just after 5 p.m. near Southwest 160th Avenue and Southwest Farmington Road in Aloha.

A Toyota Prius hit a 2010 Jeep Wrangler head-on on the north side of Farmington Road, continued south on Southwest 160th Avenue and dropped car parts along the way, deputies said.

Witnesses told FOX 12 that they saw the car swerve several times.

It eventually crossed over a sidewalk, crashed through a barricade, hit a tree and several mailboxes before hitting Kylie, deputies said. She was in her front yard at the time.

The car finally came to a stop after crashing into her house.

Hussein Nur was playing basketball with his brother just up the street when the crash happened.

"I was really shocked," Nur said. "And once I went up there and saw the condition the girl was in, I was even more shocked."

Kylie was rushed to Oregon Health and Science University with life-threatening injuries. She died on the way to the hospital, deputies said.

Kylie was a fifth-grade student at Chehalem Elementary School.

Her father could only pass on advice to other parents Friday morning.

"She's beautiful, isn't she? She's an angel. Hold on to your kids as tight as you can," Daniel Hornych said.

Witnesses told deputies that the car, driven by David Herman, of Hillsboro, was traveling at a high rate of speed after hitting the Jeep Wrangler. It does not appear as if Herman, 59, made any attempt to stop, deputies said.

Deputies said drinking is not believed to be a factor in the crash, but they haven't ruled out the possibility of a medical emergency.

"I need to talk to the driver," said Daniel Hornych. "I need to know why. If it was a medical issue, I need to hear it from him."

Herman was taken to a hospital so that doctors could run several tests on him, deputies said.

"I just wish it would have been me," Daniel Hornych said.

The investigation is ongoing.

Beaverton School District will have counselors on hand Friday to help students and staff cope with their loss, deputies said.

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