7-year-old killed by semi remembered at Clay County school

By: Mark Barber; Laura Beranek; Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Mark Barber; Laura Beranek; Tanner Hesterberg Email
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CLAY COUNTY (Ky.) - Sitting behind her first grade desk, 7-year-old Jasmine Collins won the hearts of her classmates and teachers.

"She was a very sweet little girl, kind of quiet a little bit shy. She was real anxious to please her teachers, said David Murray, the principal of Pace's Creek Elementary.

Murray says there are 350 students in the school but he says Collins was one special student, so her death is especially hard.

"It's sad, it's unexpected, it’s a shock,” he said.

Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson says she died about 8 o'clock Wednesday night after stepping in front of an 18-wheeler when she was playing with a friend on the Hal Rogers Parkway.

Rita Wooton pulled off the road when she saw Collins on the ground.

"I covered her up and just comforted and talked to her, by that point I realized that the baby was almost gone. It's been horrible, I can't shut my eyes without thinking about that baby," she said.

The Sheriff says the 12-year-old girl with Collins wasn't hurt. He also says the driver of the 18-wheeler was taken to the hospital but isn't seriously injured.

Collins’ school is hurting as several grief counselors and a pastor try to tell students why Collins isn't coming back to school.

"Not only are children dealing with grief but the staff members who are here are having a hard time with it as well," said Clay County School District therapist Leslie Sizemore.

It's hard but school officials say they're saying their final goodbye to the little girl who lived her seven years to the fullest.

Murray says they sent home a note with each student after school, telling parents about Collins’ death.

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