Winston-Salem family searches for answers after 11-year-old girl hit, killed in crash

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Winston-Salem Police are still investigating an accident on Shattalon Drive Thursday afternoon that killed an 11-year-old girl.

Police say Aaliyah Rivera stepped into the path of a minivan. The driver was unable to stop and hit Rivera, who would later die at a nearby hospital.

“Aaliyah was a special little girl…very happy,” said Minerva Rivera, Aaliyah’s mother. “She always said she wanted to be famous, but she’s famous with God in heaven. We were preparing to baptize her and do her communion.”

Friday afternoon, family and friends along with neighbors gathered across the street from her home where she was killed for a memorial.

“This lady [driver] she knows she took away my baby. She destroyed our family,” Rivera sobbed.

Rivera was a fifth grader at Gibson Elementary School and always went across the street from her home to check the mail.

“Some people say she threw herself in front of the car, Aaliyah would not do anything like that. Aaliyah was walking across the street to check the mailbox and walking back. For this person to drive the way she was driving, not paying attention to the road, taking my baby and leaving her a couple of houses down. She was driving pretty fast to take her the way she did,” Rivera said.

As the family grieves, Aaliyah’s mother hopes a lesson can come out of this.

“When you’re driving please pay attention to the road,” she said as she cried.

Winston-Salem police say they are still investigating the accident. Right now, there are no charges against the driver.