Girl dies after being hit by truck while riding bike in Longmont

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LONGMONT, Colo. -- An 8-year-old girl died Friday after being hit by a truck while riding a bicycle alongside her stepfather.

The crash happened around 3:20 p.m. near the intersection of 17th Avenue and Alpine Street, the Longmont Police Department said.

Emergency crews performed CPR on the child, but she died after being taken to Longmont United Hospital. She was identified by the Boulder County Coroner's Office as 8-year-old Peyton Knowlton of Longmont.

A 20-year-old driver of a Ford pickup truck stayed at the scene and cooperated with the investigation, police said. He was released pending further investigation.

The girl and her stepfather were westbound on 17th Avenue crossing at Alpine Street, according to police.

Police earlier had reported the two were each going northbound on Alpine Street when the girl was hit by the truck as it was making a turn from northbound Alpine Street to eastbound 17th Avenue.

Police aren't saying much, but a witness said he saw the girl take off after the pickup already started turning.

“The guy in the pickup pulled up, stopped, had his blinker on … started turning … the little girl took off, the father stayed. The next thing, the little girl got hit. She kind of rolled over to the side and that’s when the back tire ran over her," Larry Fry said.

Fry said the driver and the stepfather were visibly distraught.

“This happens too many times because kids don’t have the fear of getting hurt and they don’t know what it’s like. It’s a second later and they’re gone from this world,” Fry said. “I feel sorry for the parents and I feel sorry for the truck driver because their lives are completely destroyed right now.”

Friends of the family have set up a GoFundMe page to support Knowlton's family. According to the GoFundMe page, Knowlton and her stepfather were biking home after an end of second grade celebration when the accident happened.

Police said they have not determined the traffic light sequencing as of Friday evening. Police also have not said whether they will charge the driver, pending the investigation.

It has not been determined whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.