SAMPSON COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –- Authorities have released the name of the little girl killed by a log truck as she got off a school bus in Sampson County Tuesday afternoon.
Troopers say 7-year-old Alyiah McKenzie Morgan died on the way to the hospital in Clinton after a hit-and-run on Highway 421.
According to WTVD, neighbors told them that Alyiah’s mother was standing nearby when her daughter was hit.
Johnny Allen Spell, Jr., 37, of Roseboro, is charged with passing a stopped school bus, hit and run, involuntary manslaughter, and driving while impaired.
Spell is currently in the Sampson County Jail under a $200,000 bond.
When WWAY went to the girl’s parent’s home near Harrells, a family friend said she was in first grade.
Highway Patrol said the child was hit around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. They say she was getting off the school bus between Delway and Harrells.
Investigators also say Spell passed the school bus even though it had its flashers on.
The truck, with a burgundy cab, was loaded with logs.
They say Spell continued South on US 421 after the collision and that they found the truck behind a barn 45 miles away between Roseboro and Autryville.
Police say they do not know if drugs or alcohol were a factor.
Photo Courtesy: WTVD, Sampson County Sheriff’s Office