An 11-year-old student at Mesa's Hale Elementary School has died after being struck by a pickup truck driven by a 16-year-old.
Allison Bowers, a sixth-grader at Hale, was trailing behind her father and 8-year-old sister on Creston Road near Brown Road about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when the truck struck her. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead, according to police.
Neither speed nor impairment appear to be a factor in the crash, police said. The teen said he did not see the girl.
The school received word of Allison's death late Tuesday. Mesa Unified School District spokeswoman Kathy Bareiss said teachers were informed that evening and extra counselors were on hand Wednesday to help students throughout the day.
Allison's teacher, Vickie Ferguson, said, "She was a wonderful writer, and her stories described her family outings and activities. For an assignment at the beginning of the school year, the children had to select a hero. Allison chose her mother because of the time they shared cooking, painting and enjoying books together. Allison was fond of snow."
She enjoyed reading, writing and drawing. Ferguson also said that Allison loved to play tag with her father and three other siblings. Allison is survived by her parents, one younger sister and two brothers, one of whom is a student at Mesa's Mountain View High School.
To help show support for Allison's family, students drew pictures and made cards in school on Wednesday to give to the Bowers family, Bareiss said.