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Toddler Dies After Being Hit By Car

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UPDATE 2:56 p.m. A three-year-old girl was killed Wednesday morning after she ran out into traffic on East State Street.

Athens Police say Sophia Sheets was struck by a vehicle just before 11:30 a.m. when she ran into traffic from a grassy area along the road. Athens Police identified the driver of the vehicle as Linda Phillips, 73, of Athens.

A witness said the girl had been helping put up a yard sale sign at the corner of East State Street and Hope Drive when the accident occurred.

"I just seen[sic] them 5 minutes prior to me seeing her laying on the floor," Maurice Bryant said.

Sheets was taken by ambulance to O’Bleness Memorial Hospital.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.


UPDATE 2:40 p.m. A girl was taken to the hospital after being struck by a car on East State Street late Wednesday morning.

The girl had been at the end of the street helping put up a yard sale sign, according to a visitor to Hope Street who said he had seen the girl before.

"I just seen[sic] them 5 minutes prior to me seeing her laying on the floor," Maurice Bryant said.

Police say the girl "darted into the street" in front of a vehicle when she was struck. 

"I heard a screech that is about it," Bryant said.

She was taken by ambulance to O'Bleness Memorial Hospital, but her condition was unknown. 

"All I know is it doesn't look good," said Officer Matt Warren on the scene.

No other information was available at the time.


UPDATE 1:18 p.m. A girl was taken to the hospital after being struck by a car on East State Street late Wednesday morning.

The girl had been at the end of the street helping put up a yard sale sign, according to a visitor to Hope Street who said he had seen the girl before.

Police say the girl "darted into the street" in front of a vehicle when she was struck. 

She was taken by ambulance to O'Bleness Memorial Hospital, but her condition was unknown. 

"All I know is it doesn't look good," said Officer Matt Warren on the scene.

No other information was available at the time.


A young girl has been sent to the hospital following an accident Wednesday on East State Street.

According to a witness, the accident occurred on the corner of East State Street and Hope Drive.

The witness says he saw her walking with a friend, and five minutes later he heard a screeching sound coming from a car.

The witness says emergency officials were aiding the child before sending her to the hospital. 

The Athens City Police Department is investigating the accident.

No word on her condition.

Keep checking WOUB.org for updates.