HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - An 8-year-old girl was fatally struck by a car trying to get on a school bus in Henry County, and the 25-year-old woman who investigators say is responsible has been arrested.
The incident occurred on Feb. 1 along Jackson Lake Road in Henry County, at the intersection of a private driveway. The young girl was hit by a Ford Fusion as she tried to board the stopped Henry County School bus, according to the Georgia State Patrol. Troopers report that the bus had its red flashing lights activated, along with the stop sign displayed on both the front and rear.
The young girl, who has been identified as Adalynn Pierce, was airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston with life-threatening injuries. Investigators announced on Saturday that the girl had died from her injuries.
Troopers identified the driver of the car as Kaylee Andre, 25. She was booked into the Henry County Jail on charges of first-degree vehicular homicide, failure to stop for a school bus loading and unloading, and failure to exercise due care.
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FOX 5 spoke with neighbors along Jackson Lake Road on Saturday who didn't want to go on camera but said the tragic loss has hit the whole neighborhood very hard.
They said the driver's windshield had been iced over, and she allegedly didn't scrape all the ice off, so her view was partially obstructed.
One of Andre's criminal charges seems to confirm this, as she has been charged with obstruction of driver's view.
GSP said that their Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is finalizing their report.
The Georgia State Patrol is assisting in the investigation.