Details Emerge on How Driver Hit, Killed 5-Year-Old Girl in Fernley

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

UPDATE: FERNLEY, NV-- There will be a candlelight memorial for the 5-year-old girl who was killed last night in Fernley.

The vigil takes place Friday night at 7:30 at the corner of 7th and E Streets.

FERNLEY, NV - A five-year-old girl was hit and killed by a driver Thursday afternoon in Fernley.

Deputies from the Lyon County Sheriff's Office responded to the 200 block of 7th Street in Fernley for a car-versus-pedestrian call around 4PM Thursday, January 2, 2014.

Preliminary crash investigation details indicate five-year-old Alysia Simper and another child were playing on the adjacent sidewalk along 7th Street, according to an official with NHP.

The NHP official says Simper was riding her tricycle while the other child was riding a scooter. Both girls were accompanied by Simper's grandmother, who officials say was riding a bicycle with them.

According to the official, the young girl riding the scooter may have fallen down or stopped for a moment, resulting in the grandmother briefly stopping to assist her.

As the grandmother assisted the other child, Simper continued to ride her tricycle on the sidewalk alone for a short distance and was then hit by Anderson's car, according to an official with NHP.

The victim was pronounced dead on scene.

The driver was identified as 53-year-old Patricia Anderson, who was arrested for felony DUI with death. Anderson is being held on $40,115 bail.

NHP officials say Anderson was backing her white 1996 Mercedes 4-door Sedan out of her driveway onto 7th Street and failed to observe the tricycle.

The rear portion of the Sedan hit Simper, causing her to fall from the tricycle as the Sedan backed over her, according to an NHP official.

Sergeant Scott Farmer, supervisor of the Nevada Highway Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team, is investigating. Witnesses, or anyone with additional information, are encouraged to contact him at (775) 689-4614 regarding case number NHP-140100199.

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