Kirksville girl struck, killed by car in Columbia

A car sits on the sidewalk after its driver struck a child along the 3300 block of Oakland Gravel Road in Columbia on Monday, July 10, 2017. The child was transported to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead. (Credit: Michael Cali/Columbia Missourian)

A little girl from northeast Missouri is dead after being struck by a car in Columbia, Missouri.

It happened just before noon Monday. Columbia police said a nine-year-old from Kirksville was walking across Oakland Gravel Road with two other people when she was hit by a car.

At this time, the victim's name has not been released.

Investigators said the car that hit the girl was driven by a 16-year-old female.

The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital by private vehicle.

The victim was transported to a local hospital by ambulance and later pronounced dead.

Police say alcohol or drug impairment is not believed to be a factor.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.

Police continue to look into how the tragedy happened.

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