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Donations pour in after 8-year-old hit, killed by vehicle

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An elementary school has released a statement following the death of an 8-year-old girl who was struck and killed while crossing the road in Michigan.

The crash happened Tuesday night near a bridge over the Grand River in Grand Rapids.

Officers who responded found the girl, 8-year-old Navaeh Alston, unconscious in the roadway. She was taken to a hospital, where police said she died from her injuries.

Police said the driver of the vehicle is a Grand Rapids resident. Neither alcohol nor speed appeared to be a factor in the crash, according to investigators.

Principal Benjamin Rodgers at Kent Hills Elementary sent a statement to our affiliates at WWMT in Kalamazoo following the girl’s death:

Dear Kent Hills Elementary School Parent/Guardian(s):

I am writing to inform you of the passing of a Kent Hills student, Nevaeh Alston, who passed away yesterday following a pedestrian-car accident.

Nevaeh will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences go to her family, friends, and the entire Kent Hills family.

We have assembled our crisis team to help students as they deal with this tragic loss. They are available to any students and staff who need them and will remain at school as long as they are needed. Please contact the school if you believe your child needs assistance.

Some signs that your child may be struggling include changes in appetite or sleep, inability to focus, constant crying, a desire to talk about death, or behavioral changes, such as aggression, anxiety, or being withdrawn. Our staff will also be watching for these signs and ensuring that students receive assistance, if needed. You can also help your student by letting them know you are available to listen to their feelings and reassuring them that what they are feeling is normal.

As always, I am available to talk to you about any questions or concerns you may have. I can be reached at 819-2727 or

Sincerely, Benjamin Rodgers

A GoFundMe page created to help family pay for funeral expenses has raised more than $7,000. 

The Detroit Free Press reports Naveah was holding fresh fruit before the accident. Family members said the girl was trying to get to a nearby park to feed the homeless.

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