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Child Killed Playing Outside

Tragedy struck in South Montgomery County Monday afternoon when a young woman accidentally ran over and killed a preschool age neighbor. Previously released information was based on the initial information obtained at the scene, where investigators were unable to thoroughly question the distraught family for details and clarification. That information has since been corrected.

A little after 4 p.m., 21-year-old Elizabeth Royse was driving her BMW SUV on East Legends Trail, west of Aldine Westfield and north of Rayford Road, as 3-year-old Aimee Collier played on her driveway with her three older siblings, including a 10-year-old and a 12-year-old on Legends Estate Drive. Footprints and in the ditch and other information initially led investigators to surmise that Aimee was playing in the ditch at the time and climbed out of it. It has since been learned the footprints were likely those of one or more of her siblings rushing to stop her or rushing to her after she was struck.

According to Aimee’s father, Tartan Collier, one of the older siblings wanted to go visit a friend down the street, so she got on her bicycle and headed down the driveway, and turned north. Unfortunately, Aimee decided to follow. As Tartan Collier put it, she “in an instant, ran down the driveway and onto the street, ignoring her pursuing 12-year-old brother’s calls for her to stop.” About the same time, Royse turned left onto Legends Estate Drive, headed for her family’s home. Aimee Collier’s brother cut across the ditch trying to catch her, Tartan Collier said, but the car reached little Aimee first. At only about three feet tall, Royse did not see her.

Royse heard a thud, but thought she ran over a trash can lid, according to investigators, until she nearly reached her own driveway, three doors down from Aimee’s, and looked in the rearview mirror. To her horror, Royse saw the small child wearing a red jacket and laying in the roadway. Aimee’s family was already aware of what happened, according to Tartan Collier.

“My wife and I were just around the corner when we heard my son yell for Aimee; we were there by her side within seconds,” he said.

Royse ran to her home and alerted her father. Montgomery County Hospital District medics and South Montgomery County Fire Department responded to the scene.  A Life Flight medical helicopter was requested and then cancelled after Aimee went into traumatic arrest. Aimee Collier was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Woodlands where all efforts to save the child failed.  Aimee was pronounced dead less than an hour after she was playing outside her home.

Tartan Collier said he sincerely believes Royse was unable to see Aimee when she turned onto the street “and that what transpired was simply a tragic accident.”

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the accident and a representative of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office Vehicular Crimes Division was also on the scene assisting. No charges have been filed against the driver but a complete report is going to be made to the District Attorney’s Office so that they can present it to the Grand Jury to look at the reasonableness of charges in this case.

Trooper Chapman said, “This is the definition of an accident, a series of tragic events that caused unfortunate death of a 3-year-old”

 

NOTE: IN VIDEO YOU WILL NOTICE SGT. WITH HER WEAPON SIMULATOR OUT-THAT WAS SAME HEIGHT AS THE CHILD. THEY WERE ATTEMPTING TO SEE IF CHILD COULD BE SEEN BY THE DRIVER.

REMEMBER LIKE THE TROOPER SAID-THIS HAD EVERYTHING TO BE NOTHING BUT AN ACCIDENT

 

 

 

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