Location: Colorado

Young Colorado Girl Victim of Distracted Driver

In Fort Collins, Colorado, a 9-year-old girl has died of injuries she received when she was struck by an SUV while riding her bicycle home from school.

Erica Forney was struck about 3:50 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25th, when a 2003 Ford Expedition drifted into the bicycle lane and hit her head-on (Erica was riding the wrong way in the bike lane). She was taken to the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland and later flown to The Children’s Hospital in Aurora, where she died Thursday evening.

In a press release Fort Collins police said that alcohol was not involved in the crash, but they believe that Smith was talking on her cell phone just prior to the collision. Police and prosecutors in Fort Collins are expected to meet next week to determine what charges Smith should face.

Learn more from The Coloradoan and The Loveland Reporter-Herald.

Just senseless…

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