Girl riding bicycle dies after crash with SUV

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SHERIDAN, Colo. — An 11-year-old girl died after getting hit by an SUV, the Sheridan Police Department said Friday.

The accident happened at 2:40 p.m. Sunday when Sheridan officers, Denver firefighters and Denver Health paramedics responded to reports of a crash between a car and a bicyclist.

Emergency personnel found the 11-year-old girl who had been hit by a Ford Expedition at the intersection of West Girard Avenue and South Zuni Street.

Police said the initial investigation revealed the Expedition was traveling southbound on Zuni when the bicyclist rode eastbound from Girard onto Zuni Street and was hit.

Authorities said evidence indicates the driver might have tried to swerve to try to avoid the collision. As part of the investigation, the vehicle was impounded for inspection.

The victim was transported to Denver Health Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. On Thursday, the girl died.

She has been identified as Aundrea Plunkett-Pearson. A YouCaring memorial fundraiser has been set up for the family.

According to the fundraiser, Aundrea suffered a stroke early Wednesday that left her brain dead and she was taken off life support Thursday.

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