A mom hugged the driver who ran over and killed her 5-year-old daughter Wednesday morning in Louisville. The New York Daily News reports that a commercial truck accidentally ran over the little girl while she was waiting for her school bus. Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Dwight Mitchell said D’Arricka Bold was at a bus stop at Gaulbert Avenue and Catalpa Street prior to 8:30 a.m., when she unexpectedly ran out on Gaulbert Avenue and got hit by a Brady’s Home Remodeling truck.
The girl was pinned under the truck and several people nearby tried lifting it off of her, WAVE 3 News reports. D’Arricka was rushed to Kosair Children’s Hospital and was soon pronounced dead.
D’Arricka attended Maupin Elementary School’s kindergarten class. Counselors were reportedly being called in to help students cope with the tragedy.
Superintendent Donna Hargens released a statement regarding the 5-year-old’s untimely death.
“On behalf of everyone at Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), I wish to extend our deep condolences to the family of the student and anyone who knew the student. Anytime we lose a JCPS child, it is a tragedy, a life taken too soon.”
The girl’s mom hugged the driver of the truck after he stopped by the family’s home to apologize. He won’t be charged in the accident.
See the photo of Connie Courtney hugging the unidentified driver here.
In January, another mom hugged a driver who hit her son on a road in St. Louis. In this case, the story is completely different than the one in Louisville. St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the man driving the car committed a hit-and-run when 29-year-old John Foster Courtney was crossing a street back in 2011. After Justin Kramarczyk’s sentencing earlier this year, Connie Courtney made a move that shocked everyone in the courtroom. She hugged the man responsible for her only son’s death.
When interviewed about why she embraced Kramarczyk following the hearing, Courtney, 70, said she didn’t want a grudge to ruin her life.
“Anger and bitterness just can’t be a part of my life. That’s the way I roll. I cannot hold grudges.”
Many parents can’t possibly imagine doing such a thing when that person is the reason why their child died. The mom who hugged the driver who accidentally killed her daughter understood it was a freak incident and that he didn’t see the girl until she darted onto the road.
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