7-year-old Palm Coast girl hit and killed by car while waiting for bus

The Florida Highway Patrol says a 7-year-old girl was struck and killed by a car while waiting for the bus early Wednesday morning.  Troopers say the child was waiting on Winter Haven Court and Whippoorwill Drive around 8:30 a.m. when the crash happened.  

Neighbor Faith Kennedy heard a crash and then ran outside to find Kymora Christian on the ground.  "I can't even think of a word for what it sounded like."  Kennedy took her pulse but didn't feel anything.  "She didn't look good.  Her eyes where wide open and not moving.  My God."  The girl was transported to Florida Hospital Flagler, where she was pronounced dead.

Florida Highway Patrol said the child was struck by an SUV driven by a woman who is cooperating with their investigation.  She was taking her 11-year-old son to school when the incident happened.  Troopers said a preliminary investigation reveals that drugs, speed, and alcohol were not factors in this case. 

Kennedy said she has contacted officials before about safety concerns on the road, saying drivers use Whippoorwill as a pass-through to go to Palm Coast Parkway.  "I've already sent two letters to Palm Coast about it, and hopefully they can do something now. This is terrible."

Little Kymora attended Wadsworth Elementary School. She has been described as a bright-eyed, adorable girl, loved by so many.  “She was lovable, everybody loved her.  I mean, she was joy, she always had a smile on her face,” said family friend, Clifford Coe. “Her life hadn’t even started yet.” 

A makeshift memorial continued to grow at the scene of the tragic accident.  Loved ones left flowers, teddy bears, and balloons, where troopers say the child was hit by a car,  while waiting for the school bus.  “I even brought here a 'Minny Mouse,' cause she reminds me so much of my daughter,” said one neighbor.

We are told the school district had counselors at the school on Wednesday, speaking with children and tending to those who are grieving.

FHP said that if any charges are to be filed, that will happen at the conclusion of their investigation.

FOX 35's Tiffany Teasley contributed to this report.

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