UPDATE: State Police in Mansfield have confirmed the alleged driver of the vehicle is arrested and charged with homicide by vehicle and tampering with evidence. 24-year-old Devon Greeley of Wellsboro is in the Tioga County prison. Stick with 18 News for the latest in the investigation.
It happened on Route 287 in Morris. A 12- year- old Northern Tier girl was riding her bike on the road when she was struck and killed by a car that didn’t stop.
“Not good. It’s one of those.. you can see an older person, but when it’s a young one, it takes effect on you,” Morris Fire Chief, Dean Kreger said.
Kreger helped put 6th grader, Sophia Campbell, into the ambulance after she was hit by a speeding vehicle around 7:00 Tuesday night.
“When I got there, she still had a pulse,” Kreger said.
Sophia was pronounced dead at the hospital.
“That car had passed a water truck here and when he came back around him, he was doing a good rate of speed. [When] he came back in, the little girl happened to be right there somewhere,” Kreger said.
A witness says after the collision, the white hatchback, possibly a Chevy Traverse, sped up a back road leaving the scene.
“[He] tried to get in that road down there, she said she thought he was gonna roll it over going into that road,” Kreger said.
Teachers and students over at Sophia’s middle school, Rock L. Butler, say they’re going to miss seeing her smile in class everyday.
“Sophia was a very kind, smart student who loved coming to school. She always had a smile on her face,” Sophia’s teacher, Khirah Pinkerton said.
They turned the school into a memorial today.
“Heart broken. And just definitely thinking of her family and her friends during this time,” Pinkerton said.
Anyone with more information on the accident should contact the State Police in Mansfield at 570- 662- 2151.
Sophia’s loved ones started a Go Fund Me account to help cover funeral costs.