Reporting Meghan McCorkell
ELKTON, Md. (WJZ)– A 5-year-old Cecil County girl is hit by a pickup truck in the parking lot outside her house.
Meghan McCorkell spoke with her heartbroken family in Elkton.
The driver of that truck told police he just didn’t see the girl. But her family still has questions about what happened.
Instead of preparing Easter baskets, the parents of Samiya Jones put together a memorial for their 5-year-old daughter.
“She was my only child and I’ll never get her back. I’ll never get her back. That’s it,” Samuel Jones, Samiya Jones’ father, said.
Samiya Jones was in this parking lot in front of her home when witnesses say a driver in a Ford F-250 truck pulled out of a spot.
He didn’t see the girl and backed right over her.
“He backed into my daughter without any regard and he’s going home to his family,” Samuel Jones said.
A family member rushed the child to the hospital but she didn’t survive her injuries.
“He was backing up and heard screams, unfortunately. And once he heard screams he stopped the vehicle,” Lt. Michael Holmes of the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office said.
You can see the police markings still out on the street. State police are now helping in the investigation.
Investigators have ruled out drugs or alcohol as factors in the accident.
“There’s no signs of alcohol last night. Our driver was placed in a series of field sobriety tests that were negative,” Holmes said.
The victim’s father says he still wants the driver to face charges.
“I’m going to fight. I’m going to fight until I get it resolved. There’s nothing else you can do as a parent,” Samuel Jones said.
It’s a fight that he says won’t end until he gets justice for his daughter.
When the investigation is complete, the sheriff’s office will consult with the state’s attorney’s office to see if charges will be filed against that driver.
Police say the driver of that truck was a 21-year-old man from North East.