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[UPDATED] Child Dies After Being Hit by a Passing Truck Friday Afternoon

By: WCTV Staff Email
By: WCTV Staff Email

(Updated 11/8/10 at 3:43 PM)

Eastside Elementary School in Cairo is remembering a student who died after being hit by a truck.

Emely Trejo died Saturday night from injuries she sustained after a pick-up truck hit her on Mathis Road Friday afternoon (11/5).

Now, the 9-year-old's teachers and classmates are offering their support to the Trejo family, and remembering a child who, they say, was 'extraordinary'.

Trejo's 4th grade homeroom teacher, Amanda Ellis told us Emely was 'such a special, special child'.

People who knew Trejo say the thing they will remember about her most was her radiant smile.

Says 4th grade math teacher Lee Harrell, "When her name is mentioned, I always smile, and that's because she was always smiling. And as I've talked to the students -- or, rather, the students have talked to me today -- that's something that they've always brought up ... she always smiled."

Georgia State Patrol says the driver who hit Trejo was not breaking any traffic laws, and they are calling this case a 'tragic accident.'

No charges have been filed at this time, and details about funeral arrangements have not yet been released.

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Georgia State Patrol says 9-year-old Emely Trejo was crossing Mathis Road in Grady County to get the mail as her parents waited in their driveway. They say as she stepped into the road, an elderly man driving west hit her.

Family members say Trejo was airlifted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where she was listed in 'very critical' condition yesterday (11/6) afternoon. They say she was taken off life support machines last night and passed away.

GSP says the elderly driver wasn't breaking any traffic laws, and no charges have been filed at this time.

Family members say they will remember Trejo as the "baby" of the family. They say they are still in shock, and that it hasn't hit them yet that she is gone.

We will keep you updated with more information on funeral arrangements and services as we receive it..


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