Girl hit by truck in Northwest Knoxville

Girl hit by truck in Northwest Knoxville

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A girl was brought to the hospital after being hit by a truck Friday morning around 7:15 a.m. on the 2100 block of Keith Avenue in Northwest Knoxville.

The Knoxville Police Department says the girl, identified as Niamaya Penn, 11, was walking to the bus stop with her grandmother when a dog jumped out and scared her, causing her to step into the street where she was hit by the truck as it was traveling west along Keith Avenue.

"The dog came right out and scared her. It was a big dog, so she ran from it like any kid is going to do. The Comcast truck coming down Keith Avenue and didn't have time to stop," said neighbor Richard Coffman, who came out to help.

"Her grandmother was right there and her grandmother was saying, 'It's going to be okay, it's going to be okay,' and she was just like a little bit in and out, I guess from the impact from getting hit by the truck," said neighbor Monique Rogers.

The girl was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment of non life-threatening injuries. Witnesses say she had a head wound but was responsive when put into the ambulance. The driver was not injured and has not been charged.

KPD is still investigating the accident at this time. They haven't been able to find the dog that supposedly caused the accident. They don't know yet who, if anyone, owns it.

6 News Reporter JILL MCNEAL contributed to this report.
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