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14-year-old Blue Valley student hit by car while walking home from school has died

Blue Valley student on sidewalk hit by car on Switzer Road

Overland Park police said a Blue Valley student, a teen girl, was walking after school along Switzer Road when she was hit by a car that went off the road on Friday, April 12, 2019.
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Overland Park police said a Blue Valley student, a teen girl, was walking after school along Switzer Road when she was hit by a car that went off the road on Friday, April 12, 2019.

A 14-year-old Blue Valley middle school girl died Sunday from injuries suffered when she was hit by a car while walking home from school, Overland Park police said.

Police identified the girl as Alexandra “Alex” Rumple. A vigil to honor Alex will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday in at 12500 Switzer Road.

Alex was walking home from school Friday afternoon when a car ran off the road and struck her, police said.

The car, which was headed north, first went off the road in the 12700 block of Switzer and then continued north and struck the teen and a traffic signal pole in the 12300 block.

The car continued north and finally stopped in the 12100 block of Switzer, partially destroying a wooden fence.

A GoFundMe page was set up by a classmate of Alex originally to help raise money to pay her hospital fees. The money raised, however, will now be used to cover funeral expenses.

The Overland Park Police Department’s traffic Safety Unit continued to investigate the deadly crash. Anyone with information was asked to call police at 913-895-6411 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

Robert A. Cronkleton gets up very early in the morning to bring readers breaking news about crime, transportation and weather at the crack of dawn. He’s been at The Star since 1987 and now contributes data reporting and video editing.

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