KOKOMO, Ind. – A 10-year-old girl died Thursday after being struck by a vehicle that police say fled the scene in Kokomo.
Officers say they located the victim when they were called to the 800 block of East Alto Road around 4:30 p.m.
Police say the girl was transported to a local hospital and later airlifted to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, where she passed away.
Witnesses told police a silver or light colored sedan traveling westbound struck the girl while she was walking and then fled.
Officers say they later located the suspected driver, 20-year-old Josh Cochran of Kokomo, in the 2000 block of East Alto Road and arrested him for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, a class 5 felony.
On Friday, the victim was identified as Renay Jenkins, 10. Her preliminary cause of death was ruled as blunt force trauma.
Her family is in mourning and can not believe Renay is gone. Renay's older sister, Antrinique Simmons, said she will remember her bright smile.
"She was smart and beautiful. She was more mature than her age," said Simmons.
Jenkins' mother provided FOX59 with a link to a GoFundMe page for those wishing to help with funeral expenses.
Kokomo Schools say counselors are available for students and staff.
"We are grieving for the loss of a young life," Superintendent Dr. Jeff Hauswald said. "Kokomo School Corporation is praying for the family, students, staff and community members impacted by this tragic loss. Kokomo Schools will continue to offer our support to our students and staff directly affected throughout this difficult situation."
Sycamore Principal LaShaya Williams said she was heartbroken by the news.
"Renay (Jenkins) will be dealy missed here at Sycamore," Mrs. Williams explained. "Renay had such a beautiful smile...Renay always shared joy in her classroom (5th-grade KEY - Gifted and Talented) and in our hallways...Renay had such a beautiful singing voice. I can hear her singing!"
Authorities say it’s unknown if drugs or alcohol were contributing factors in the incident. Toxicology results are pending.
Anyone having information regarding this case is asked to contact Sgt. Neil Marcus at 765-456-7333.