Boy, 5, dies after being hit by car while crossing Georgia highway

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Road safety is becoming an increasing concern in small towns, which is ironic given that rash driving and road accidents are a normal feature in big cities. So when unfortunate and impulsive accidents take place, it catches people off-guard, especially if it involves a small child getting hit by a car.

People reported a road accident where the Georgia community mourned the untimely death of a kindergarten kid who was hit by a car while crossing the highway. People obtained an accident report from Georgia State Police (GSP) that Devin Estes was struck by a car on Sunday just before 6 p.m. local time. The GSP revealed further details of the accident, that the 5-year-old got hit by a 2013 Toyota Corolla as she was crossing the street. The car was heading south on Georgia SR 35, and the Corolla’s driver tried to brake, but it was too late to prevent the crash.

People reported through NBC/ABC affiliate WALB-TV that Estes was moved to the Tift Regional Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries. According to his obituary, he attended G.O. Bailey Elementary, and a funeral service has been planned for him on Thursday. Per People, School district officials confirmed Estes’ death in a social media post on Monday, “Tift County Schools mourns the loss of a member of our student body,” adding, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”

According to People, Adam Estes, Estes’ father, spoke to WALB-TV and said that he and his wife do not bear any grudge against the 22-year-old woman who caused the accident. He told the outlet, “[Because] this is just as hard on you to have to live with as it is for us. This was a tragic accident,” adding, “It’s been hard on us all but we know he’s in a better place.”

His obituary said, “Devin loved to color, write, he loved to dance, he loved Paw Patrol, and he loved his tablet,” adding, “He was very loved by many and he loved everyone, especially his brothers.”