Randolph County 3rd-grade girl hit, killed by Jeep while waiting for school bus

Ayanna Ja'nae Jimenez Crump

RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — A 3rd-grade girl was killed when she was hit by a Jeep in Randolph County Monday morning, according to Highway Patrol.

Just before 7 a.m., a 2014 Jeep Wrangler was headed south on Whites Memorial Road.

Two girls were standing on the side of the road on the 1400 block.

Troopers believe that one of the girls, Ayanna Ja'nae Jimenez Crump, ran into the road where she was hit by the Jeep.

Highway Patrol has not charged the driver, stating that there were no contributing factors and that the driver could not have prevented the collision.

Garland Stutts, a neighbor, said he's lived in this community for decades, and this isn't the first time a child has darted across the road.

"I think they should wait till the bus gets up to the house before they come across the road," Stutts said. "... The bus be standing with the stop arm out and then they cross the road."

Hazel Elliot lives down the road from where the child was killed. She told us us that, when tragedy strikes, this community comes together to help each other.

"If there`s anything we can do, let us know. We are here," she said. "We`re here for each other."

Superintendent Stephen Gainey of the Randolph County School System issued the following statement:

“The Randolph County School System is deeply saddened by the loss of Ayanna Ja’nae Jimenez Crump, a third grade student at Grays Chapel Elementary School.  On behalf of our school system and Board of Education, I want to express my condolences to the family of this wonderful child.  In addition, our thoughts and prayers are with Ayanna’s classmates and staff members at Grays Chapel Elementary School as well as other individuals in our school system and community affected by this tragedy.  In an effort to support students and staff members, counseling services will be made available for students and staff members on school campuses.”

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