Girl on bicycle hit by car in Oak Ridge

Girl on bicycle hit by car in Oak Ridge

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Oak Ridge police officers say the girl was riding her bike on Highland Avenue near Hillside Drive in Oak Ridge when she was hit by a car. Oak Ridge police officers say the girl was riding her bike on Highland Avenue near Hillside Drive in Oak Ridge when she was hit by a car.
No charges have been filed against Roy Kirk, 67, the driver of the 2002 black Lexus involved in the accident. No charges have been filed against Roy Kirk, 67, the driver of the 2002 black Lexus involved in the accident.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

OAK RIDGE (WATE) - A 9-year-old girl was hit by a car in Oak Ridge Sunday afternoon while she was riding her bicycle.

Oak Ridge police officers say the girl, whose name is not being released, was riding her bike on Highland Avenue near Hillside Drive around 5:38 p.m. when she was hit by a 2002 black Lexus driven by Roy Kirk, 67.

Kirk's wife, Rhonda, was a passenger. They say the girl was riding her bike down a drive way toward the road when they tried to swerve to avoid her.

"It was an accident. I'm sorry it happened," said Roy Kirk. The Kirks say it was an unavoidable accident.

"There were witnesses saying he was not speeding and it was not his fault," said Rhonda Kirk.

Michael Kirchner lives next door to the victim's family.

"She rides her bike in my yard all the time. She's a nice little girl," said Kirchner.

He was home when his 9-year-old neighbor was hit while riding her bike. He ran to the scene to try and help.

"[I] came out in front of the car. She was hit pretty good. She got up screaming and hollering. I think she's going to be alright as far as I know," said Kirchner.

Kirchner says he's seen several car accidents at the very spot where the bike was struck.

"We've got to watch out for kids. In the summer time we've got a lot of kids riding bikes here and on this hill here you can't see them down there. Coming off this hill you can't see them until it's too late," said Kirchner.

Another neighbor, Amber Feezell, is a mother of three. She says parents have to keep an eye on their kids at all times while they are outside playing on the busy road. She also wishes drivers would be more cautious.

"The traffic through here does need to slow down. The traffic, they do need to take into consideration there is children here," said Feezell.

Those in the neighborhood want drivers, parents and children to be careful in the area and they hope the little girl is home, healthy and back on her bike again soon.

"I hope she'll be alright. I am just very beside myself and my thoughts and prayers go out to the little girl's family," said Rhonda Kirk.

"I hope she'll play in my yard again soon. I miss her," said Kirchner.

No charges have been filed against Kirk, but the investigation is ongoing.

Neighbors say the family is still at the hospital with the little girl but they are willing to help the family in any way they can.

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