Such a tragic story from a little girl who was trying to feed the homeless. Police say an 8-year-old girl died after being struck by a vehicle while crossing a roadway on the west side of Michigan. The crash occurred late Tuesday night when Nevaeh Alston was hit on Bridge Street when she tried crossing the road to feed the homeless.
Nevaeh was rushed to a hospital where she died from her injuries.
The Grand Rapids Police Department said neither alcohol or speed appeared to be factors in the crash.
A GoFundMe page has been started to help the family cover funeral costs.
Grand Rapids Public Schools sent a letter to parents and guardians of students Wednesday offering condolences and assistance to students in need after her death:
Dear Kent Hills Elementary School Parent/Guardian(s):
I am writing to inform you of the passing of a Kent Hills student, Nevaeh Alston, who passed away yesterday following a pedestrian-car accident.
Nevaeh will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences go to her family, friends, and the entire Kent Hills family.
We have assembled our crisis team to help students as they deal with this tragic loss. They are available to any students and staff who need them and will remain at school as long as they are needed. Please contact the school if you believe your child needs assistance.
Some signs that your child may be struggling include changes in appetite or sleep, inability to focus, constant crying, a desire to talk about death, or behavioral changes, such as aggression, anxiety, or being withdrawn. Our staff will also be watching for these signs and ensuring that students receive assistance, if needed. You can also help your student by letting them know you are available to listen to their feelings and reassuring them that what they are feeling is normal.
As always, I am available to talk to you about any questions or concerns you may have. I can be reached at 819-2727 or email@example.com.