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4-year-old hit and killed while playing at birthday party

Christy Passmore knew very quickly that the day of celebration and happiness at her neighbor’s house in Russell County Saturday night quickly took a devastating turn for the worse.

“I saw all the adults all gather in one place, that’s not playing, it looks like something has happened,” said Passmore.

What happened was a car had just run over 4 year old Lilla Brizendine and 8 year old Gabrielle York..who were attending a birthday party at their grandparent’s home on McClendon Ridge Rd. Passmore says she knows CPR…and tried to help.

“I just asked if they were breathing and everything, and the one girl, Gabby, she was still breathing, the other girl wasn’t,” she said.

Lilla later died at the Russell County Hospital…Gabby was sent to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville.

Kentucky State Police are investigating but at this point they don’t expect any charges. They say it was just a terrible tragedy.

Police say the driver of the car that hit the girls was picking up another child when the accident happened. Passmore says while the CPR didn’t work..she’s glad she knows how to use it.

“Just in case, it might be your family or friends…or neighbors that are around you,” she said.

Family members say Lilla Brizendine and her family are from Oklahoma and were in for the weekend…with the little girl seeing her grandparents in Kentucky for the first time in several years.

“All we can do is lend a shoulder..an ear, but we want to help in more ways than one,” she said.

Relatives say Gabrielle York is in critical condition at the Louisville hospital. .


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