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7-year-old girl killed after being struck by van near elementary school in Essex

A 7-year-old girl was killed after being hit by a work van near her school in Essex, according to Baltimore County police.The accident occurred just before 3:30 p.m. across the street from Sandalwood Elementary School, on the 900 block of S. Marlyn Ave. The driver remained at the scene.

Police said the girl, a second-grader, was standing on the sidewalk near the driveway entry to a residential community, while her brothers were standing on the other side of the driveway. The girl ran in front of a white work van as it entered a driveway. She was seriously injured and taken to an area hospital for treatment.

The first officer who arrived began performing CPR on the child, who was then rushed to Franklin Square Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

“I am heartbroken to learn that one of our precious students passed away this afternoon after being hit by a vehicle near Sandalwood Elementary,” Interim School Superintendent Verletta White said in a tweet. “Support will be provided to students and staff. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and school community.”

Baltimore County Schools tweeted that the school system’s traumatic loss team will be at Sandalwood on Friday to support staff, and Monday to support students and staff. County schools are closed Friday for professional development.

White canceled her listening tour event scheduled for tonight at West Towson Elementary School because of the accident. The event was one of five sessions for the public being held around the county in October.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

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