OLATHE, Kan. -- Police continue to investigate how and why a 14-month-old girl hit by a truck Wednesday afternoon in the 13800 block of S. Seminole Drive in Olathe, was in the path of the truck in the street at about 4:30 p.m. She was rushed to the hospital, but at about 7 p.m., police released the news of her death.
The child, identified as Harper Rodden of Spring Hill, was in the care of a home day care provider at the time of the accident.
Police say the driver of the truck, a 54-year-old man, remained on scene and is cooperating with officers. The operators of the home daycare declined to provide FOX 4 a comment. The investigation remains active.
"We don`t know why the child was in the street or how the child got into the street. We`ll be compiling all the witness statements to find out exactly what happened," said Sergeant Bryan Hill.
Olathe police ask anyone with more information to call (913) 971-7500 or (913) 971-6950. A GoFundMe account was established by relatives to help the family during this tragedy. Click here if you'd like to contribute.
"Our beautiful, sweet fourteen month old Harper Kay Rodden was called home to Jesus. Harper fell to Jesus arms as a result of injuries she sustained in a horrific accident. Our family is heart broken and request that your prayers surround us as we mourn the loss of this little life. Please pray especially for mommy Whitney Rodden and daddy Geoffery Rodden along with big brother Cole and big sister Kinsley. Let God's love shine through friends and family for all!" wrote Tiffany Ann Danley on the GoFundMe page.
Kevin Steele, Athletic Director for MidAmerica Navarene University, where Harper's mom works as a strength and conditioning coach, released the statement:
"Whitney is engrained in the lives of the staff and student-athletes of MNU. She has selflessly given herself and we all share in the lives of her family. We all grieve and feel pain for the Rodden family in this difficult time and ask that you continue to pray for them as they mourn the loss of their youngest child," said Steele.
MNU held a service Thursday afternoon in support of the Rodden family. Look for more on that on FOX 4 newscasts and then fox4kc.com.