Mother of 2-year-old hit by car opens up about losing her daughter

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OLATHE, Kan. -- A mother is opening up about the loss of her 2-year-old daughter, Peyton Barnett. Peyton was killed after she was hit by a car outside their Olathe home.

peyton3It happened on Saturday afternoon near 151st and South Blackfoot Drive.

Rachel Shepard said she was standing right by her daughter when Peyton ran into the street and was hit. She said she turned around for one second to ask her neighbor who was outside for directions and that’s when the little girl ran into the street.

peyton1“As soon as I turned I probably asked, 'hey, can you help my parents get here? They are completely lost and this is the street they are on,' and that’s when I just heard a bump,” Shepard said.

Shepard said neighbors ran outside to help. She said at first she had hope her daughter would survive the accident.

“I think the worst thing was just putting my hand on her chest and feeling her heartbeat and thinking she was going to be okay,” she told FOX 4.

peyton2Shepard said she knew something wasn’t right when the ambulance didn’t leave the scene.

“The ambulance came and they told me I could ride to the hospital with her and they put her in the ambulance and the ambulance never left,” she recalled.

She said her little girl was social, playful, and loving. She said she finds comfort in knowing her daughter was a Christian.

“I am not super religious at all but my daughter had a serious love for Jesus. She really did,” she said.

Shepard said her daughter loved to watch Scooby Doo and her favorite movie was Hercules.

peyton5She said she was very interested in learning about the world around her and that she loved to spend time with her grandparents.

Police said a 26-year-old man hit Peyton with his car. They said the driver cooperated with police and stayed at the scene of the accident. Police said he was not cited and it’s too early in the investigation to know if there was anything he could have done to avoid hitting the child.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help support Peyton’s mother.