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4 year-old girl dies after being struck by Columbia police vehicle

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A 4- year-old girl has died after being struck by a Columbia Police Department vehicle.

According to KMIZ, the accident happened at Battle High School around 4 p.m. on Friday.  The girl was rushed to University Hospital in critical condition, but later died of her injuries.

Acting Police Chief Jill Schlude told KMIZ that the Highway Patrol is investigating

"I would ask everyone to please pray for the family and pray for the officer that was involved in this incident," she said.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol later identified the victim as 4-year-old Gabriella Curry. According to the crash report, Curry was hit by a 2015 Chevy Tahoe driven by 27-year-old Andria Heese.

The report states that Heese went to park her patrol car on the sidewalk so she could watch the students loading onto buses during dismissal time. When the vehicle exited the left side of the roadway, it struck Curry, who was walking on the sidewalk.

The investigation is ongoing.

Photo courtesy KMIZ