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Friends and family gather to say goodbye to Jasmine Collins.

By: Tanner Hesterberg, Morgan Lentes, Laura Beranek Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg, Morgan Lentes, Laura Beranek Email
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MANCHESTER, Ky. (WYMT) - Family and friends gathered Sunday to remember 7-year-old Jasmine Collins.

Her funeral was at 2p.m. at Rominger Funeral Home Chapel in Manchester.

Jasmine was a first grader at Paces Creek Elementary School. She was hit and killed by a tractor trailer while crossing the Hal Rogers Parkway last Wednesday.

A memorial fund for Jasmine Collins is set up at First National Bank in Manchester.

The proceeds will help pay for the funeral.
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Friends and family will gather Saturday to say goodbye to Jasmine Collins.

Jasmine Collins died Wednesday night after she was hit by a box truck.

Visitation will be held Saturday at Rominger Funeral Home Chapel in Manchester.

Collins' funeral will be held on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m., also at the funeral home.

A Jasmine Collins Memorial Fund has been set up at First National Bank in Manchester, funds go towards paying for the funeral.
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People in Clay County are remembering a girl who died after being hit by a semi truck last night.

Jasmine Collins, seven, was trying to cross the Hal Rogers Parkway near Manchester with one of her friends when the truck hit her and killed her.

One of the first people on the scene spoke to WYMT about how she tried to save Jasmine's life.

Rita Wooton and her family were driving back from Cincinnati to their Leslie County home around seven p.m. Wednesday when they saw the girl's body in the road.

"When I got to her, I just dropped to my knees and felt for a pulse in her neck and felt for a pulse on her arm," said Wooton, a trained nurse. "I felt a faint pulse on her arm.

"(Wednesday) night was a hard night for me and my family. We've been up all night basically just crying, trying to figure out why."

Wooton and her family covered Jasmine with a blanket and Wooton gave her chest compressions in an effort to save her life.

"When her mom got there, I just quit," Wooton said. "I don't mean quit in a bad way ... I just stopped because I knew she was gone and it was time to help her mommy. I wanted her last few minutes with her daughter to be what a mommy's should be."

The coroner pronounced Jasmine dead about an hour later at Manchester Memorial Hospital.

"I was just thinking, 'Oh Dear Jesus, please just touch this baby,'" Wooton said. "All I remember thinking is, 'Lord, please don't let her suffer. Please don't let her lay here and suffer.'"

The driver of the truck and the 12-year-old girl who was with Collins were not injured.
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It is a phrase we all know, "look both ways before crossing the street". Clay County officials tell WYMT that Wednesday's accident reminds us all how important pedestrian safety is.

Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson said crashes involving pedestrians are a rarity. However, that does not make what happened any less tragic.

"With kids, I guess the innocence of it, it kind of touches you in a different way," said Johnson.

That is why his department wants to remind everyone on the road to use caution.

"It is a two fold problem. Obviously the drivers of the automobiles should be at all times watching out for pedestrians and also on the other hand of that, pedestrians should also be watching out for automobiles," said Johnson.

The Sheriff tells WYMT there are plenty of things pedestrians can do to keep themselves safe when crossing busy roadways. One suggestion is to wear bright, florescent colors. Another is to make sure to always look both ways and err on the side of caution.

Clay County Judge Executive Joe Asher said Jasmine Collins' death was a horrible accident.

"There are some things that are going to happen no matter what we do but there are a lot that we could prevent," said Asher.

Asher is more than just the judge executive. He is also a father. He said stories like this hit close to home.

"I live out in the country on a little country road, just a little black top road and our grand kids start to cross the road and it worries us," said Asher.

Sheriff Johnson hopes what happened on the Hal Rogers Parkway will spark change in their community.

"With this tragic event, it is just kind of one of these things that reminds us all, like I said, we should slow down and take our time," said Johnson.

The Sheriff added that pedestrian fatalities are uncommon in Clay County.

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Seven year old Jasmine Collins was in the first grade at Pace's Creek Elementary School in Manchester.

Those that knew the girl say she'll be remembered as a sometimes quiet but eager student.

"She was pleasant to be around but she was a little bit shy," says Pace's Creek Elementary School Principal David Murray, "She was the type of student that tried really hard to please her teachers. She would do whatever they asked her to do."

Jasmine Collins' desk now sits empty.

The first grade classroom will now have one less student after a fatal Wednesday night accident.

Police say Collins and a friend were walking on the Hal Rogers Parkway around 6:00 pm when a tractor trailer hit and killed the girl.

Murray says her death is still difficult for many of her classmates to comprehend.

"They perhaps don't understand the finality of death," said Murray, "and in some ways the staff is having a harder time than the students in some respect."

Grief counselors will be at the school for students and staff.

"They experience a lot of emotions," said Child and Family Interventionist Kayla Bush, "Whether that be sadness or confusion. They don't really understand and don't know how to grasp what's going on."

Grief counselors say they'll be doing classroom art projects soon to memorialize Jasmine Collins' death, and a life lost too soon.
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Investigators say a 7-year-old girl has died after a crash on the Hal Rogers Parkway near Manchester early Wednesday evening.

The Clay County coroner says Jasmine Collins was trying to cross the parkway with another child, when she was hit by a tractor trailer.

Police say no adults were with the children.

"There's actually a trailer park located about 150 yards from the parkway, and from what we've got at this time, is the kids came up here to play in the parkway area," Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson said.

Collins was taken to Manchester Memorial Hospital, where the coroner says she was pronounced dead.

The driver of the tractor trailer was also taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Police say the child who was with Collins was not injured.


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