Seven-year old Rachael Bick was walking across Route 109 from a preschool parking lot towards Babler Elementary Saturday night when she was struck and killed by an SUV. The driver was attempting to turn left out of the elementary school when it hit the child. Police say the car did stay at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
Bick was transported to a local hospital but later died from her injuries.
The incident happened around 6:45 pm. There was a father-daughter dance at Babler Elementary and residents say the preschool is commonly used for overflow parking.
Members of the community came to the scene Sunday morning to pay their respects and leave a flower and picture as part of a memorial – some of whom were very emotional.
“I have a kindergartener and a first grader and it breaks my heart,” Rockwood school board member and parent Dominque Paul told News 4 while fighting back tears. “We woke up this morning and saw the story. I know we can’t do anything to change it or bring the child back. We just wanted to come out here, give a rose and pray for their family.
“It’s just horrible.”
Some residents are saying the stretch of Route 109 by Babler Elementary is too dangerous and needs more safety measures. There is no crosswalk, there are no signs and there are no lights. Many residents we talked to say something needs to change to keep this tragedy from happening again.
Another man who did not want to talk on camera also said he’s one of Bick’s softball coaches and they had their first game of the season Saturday morning. He said the girl had by far the best hit of the game – just hours before she died.
Editor's note: Earlier versions of this story spelled Bick's first name as Rachel, per the original report from authorities.
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