Funeral arrangements set for girl killed in Lexington crash

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Officials have identified a 12-year-old girl from Lexington who died Wednesday, after being hit by a car.

The Fayette County coroner's office says Payton Griffith was pronounced dead at University of Kentucky Medical Center. The coroner's office says Griffith died of multiple blunt force injuries.

A spokesperson with Fayette County Schools say Griffith was a sixth grader at Bryan Station Middle School. Grief counselors will be at the school and at Dixie Elementary where Griffith once attended.

Police say the she was hit by a car around 4:20 p.m. on Auburn Drive, just off Eastland Parkway.

Police tell us the Griffith was walking along Eastland Parkway when someone driving a car went to turn onto Auburn Drive and hit her, pinning her up against a tree.

The accident involved a silver Chevrolet Impala. We're told the driver was turning left onto Auburn Drive when they struck the girl, who was walking along Eastland Parkway.

Police can't say who was driving at the time. The driver told police the sun was in her eyes at the time and she didn't see the young girl walking down the street.

The driver has been taken in for questioning, and Lexington Police are still looking into whether drugs or alcohol played a part in the crash.

“The driver of the vehicle is cooperating with our investigation currently, she is not under arrest,” Lt. Lowe said.

Payton's visitation will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Kerry Brothers Funeral Home on Main Street in Lexington. Her funeral will take place at 10 a.m. Monday. Burial will be in Boonesboro Cemetery.

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