Girl hit by car dies

Jan. 09, 2013 @ 08:20 PM

A 4-year-old girl struck by a car in the driveway of her family’s home earlier this week has died from her injuries.
Tryonna Fenike English was playing behind a vehicle that was parked at 1019 Asheboro St. when it rolled down the driveway and backed over her about 5 p.m. Monday, according to High Point police.
A passing motorist stopped to render aid and drove Tryonna and her stepfather to High Point Regional Hospital, said police Lt. Barry Roberts. Tryonna, who suffered head injuries, was subsequently transferred to Wake Forest University Medical Center, where she died Tuesday.
A police report stated the vehicle was not occupied at the time of the crash. Roberts said Wednesday that traffic investigators were still piecing together whether the car somehow slipped out of gear and began rolling along the driveway. No charges had been filed as of Wednesday.
Family members declined to comment on the accident, other than to say that it was being investigated by police and the Guilford County Department of Social Services.
“As a family, we are more than devastated,” said Rose Nimmons of High Point, Tryonna’s great aunt. “We are a large family, and we’ve never had anyone die at a young age like this.”
Tryonna’s mother, Tratricia Bovill, said her daughter was in the pre-kindergarten program at Montlieu Elementary School. She said she was energetic and talkative and loved the “Hello Kitty” character.
“She loved school,” Bovill said. “She was sassy. She could hold a grown folks’ conversation.”
Tryonna had three older brothers and a 1-year-old sister, with whom she was especially close, family members said, adding that her siblings, cousins and friends were taking her death especially hard.
“Her proudest accomplishment was being a big sister,” said Mary Freeman of High Point, another great aunt.
Family members were trying to come to terms with their grief Wednesday by recalling fond memories of Tryonna, whose funeral is planned for this weekend in Greenwood, S.C. 
“We’ve lost her physical presence, but her spirit will never die,” Nimmons said.
Tryonna’s family is trying to raise money to help cover her funeral expenses. Anyone who wishes to contribute can make checks payable to First Family Funeral Home and send them the funeral home at 930 Chesnee Highway, Spartanburg, S.C. 29303. Donations also can be accepted through the funeral home’s website, www.firstfamilyfunerals.com.
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