LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It was a difficult day at a Lexington middle school as students and teachers mourned the death of a sixth grader hit by a car.
Grief counselors were at Bryan Station Middle School and Dixie Elementary School. That's where Payton Griffith, 12, went to school. Investigators say she was walking home Wednesday when she was hit on Auburn Drive.
School was in session at Bryan Station Middle School, but it was by no means a normal school day, so the day was all about grieving Thursday.
Payton was also a volleyball player and straight A student according to her principal. He says she has an older sister and three cousins at the middle school as well.
"Our sixth grade teachers are devastated as you can imagine," said Principal Lester Diaz, who is at Bryan Station Middle School. "Our adults are comforting kids, and our kids are comforting kids."
It was at this intersection of Eastland Parkway and Auburn Drive. And the woman who lives in the home where it happened says Payton was walking in the crosswalk when the car hit her. Police tell the accident ended when the car pinned Payton against a tree. Now only flowers and stuffed animals are left behind. Her death has sent shock waves through the entire school district.
"Everybody has a tie in some way, shape, or form to this young child and even the kids that don't know her that well, get it," said Principal Diaz.
The coroner says she died of multiple blunt force injuries and that her death is being investigated as accidental. It happened just two blocks from her home on Raleigh Road when she was walking home from Dixie Elementary School. That's where the bus drops off kids who live in that neighborhood. Teachers and students at Bryan Station Middle honored Payton by wearing pink and black ribbons, writing cards and letters to the family, and had grief counselors on hand.
"We would all be lucky to have a child like Payton just a great kid, " said Principal Diaz. "It's a devastating loss."
The flag was at half-staff today at the middle school, and they also ended the school day with a moment of silence.
Payton Griffith'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.