A young girl struck by an SUV late Friday night has died from injuries sustained in the accident, police say.
Anchorage police spokeswoman Anita Shell reported the death of Ashley Xiong Saturday. She was rushed to the hospital suffering from head injuries after being hit by a Toyota Highlander while riding her bicycle at 6:16 p.m. Friday evening. She was pronounced dead at 9 p.m. by doctors. The four year old was not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.
Police say 46-year-old Her Thao, the driver of the SUV, was turning a corner in a trailer park near Dimond and struck the girl, who was riding her bike on the road. Police are still investigating the accident and have not issued any charges against Thao.
Shell says Alaska law dictates children under 15 are required to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. Failure to comply with the law could result in a $25 fine.
Providence Hospital has provided helmets to the State of Alaska for children of families who cannot afford one. Helmets are available at multiple fire stations in the Anchorage area.