A 6-year-old Texas first-grader was struck and killed by a pickup-truck driver after her school bus dropped her off

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Kaliyah Harris GoFundMe fundraiser
The family of KaLiyah Harris, 6, who was killed on Wednesday, set up a GoFundMe fundraiser. Screenshot via GoFundMe
  • A 6-year-old was fatally struck by a truck driver after getting off a school bus in Texas on Wednesday.

  • KaLiyah Harris was crossing the street in Houston when the driver hit her, the police said.

  • She died at a local hospital, KTRK reported.

A 6-year-old Texas girl was fatally struck by the driver of a pickup truck shortly after she got off her school bus on Wednesday afternoon.

The police said the girl, identified as KaLiyah Harris, was walking across the street in Houston when the driver of a black Chevrolet Silverado hit her, KTRK reported.

Her mother, Whitney Clark, told KTRK that she'd been on her way to pick up her daughter and saw her under the truck.

"She tried to walk, and she fell. I picked her up," Clark told the outlet.

"I grabbed her hand, she started squeezing my hand," she added. "She let go of my hand."

KaLiyah died at a local hospital, KTRK reported. She was a first-grader at Anderson Academy, part of the Aldine Independent School District, the report said.

The district told KTRK that KaLiyah got off the bus at 4:44 p.m., but her mother said that the bus schedule was inconsistent and that KaLiyah was dropped off before then.

The police said the driver, who remained on the scene, was not impaired and has not been charged, KTRK and KPRC reported. The police said they would check the driver's phone records to see whether he was using it when he struck the girl.

A balloon release in memory of KaLiyah was planned for Saturday evening, KPRC reported. The family created a GoFundMe to raise money for the child's funeral services.

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