By Greg Gullberg
Aug 12, 2013
Valdosta, GA - It's a parent's worst nightmare. A three year old toddler darts out into traffic in the black of night. Police say the on-coming car never had to chance to avoid her.
Khamiyah Newsome was struck at the intersection of Bemiss and Guest Roads in Valdosta Saturday night. She was rushed to a local hospital and airlifted to Shands in Gainesville where she passed away less than 24 hours later. Police have not charged the driver with anything.
"In the initial investigation it appears that the child just ran out in front of the vehicle. There's no indication the driver was under the influence of anything. So this appears to be just a tragic accident," said Lt. Aaron Kirk with the Valdosta Police Department.
It's an unthinkable loss for the Newsome family. Dr. Monique Busch is a Clinical Therapist in Valdosta who helps grieving families at the Therapy Center of Valdosta and through VSU's Social Work Department.
"People will often make the mistake of saying that a family will get over their grief and their loss. When really what we need to do is ask them what they need and how they are doing," Busch said. "What we need to do as a community is make sure that families have the resources and support that they need to get through this very challenging time."
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Press Release: Valdosta Police Department
On August 10, 2013 at approximately 9:20 PM, the Valdosta Police Department responded to the intersection of GA 125 (Bemiss Road) and Guest Road in reference to a vehicle accident involving a pedestrian being struck.
The initial investigation indicates that a blue, 2002 Pontiac Grand Am was traveling south on GA 125 when Khamiyah Newsome ran out in front of the vehicle. Newsome was taken to South Georgia Medical Center and then air lifted to Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
On August 11, 2013, Newsome succumbed to her injuries and passed away. According to the initial report Newsome had been crossing the road with her mother when she broke away and ran across the southbound lanes of travel.
The driver of the Pontiac Grand Am stated that he was approaching the intersection when the light turned green and as he proceeded the child suddenly appeared in front of him, he tried to avoid her, but was unable to. The accident is still under investigation and no charges have been filed.
Anyone having any further information regarding this crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3145 or can remain anonymous at 229-293-3091.