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Elementary school student dies after being hit by SUV outside of school

Police said the child was hit while crossing the street to get to school.
Credit: Fort Collins Police

FORT COLLINS, Colorado — A Lopez Elementary school student was hit by a small SUV while crossing the street to get to school Tuesday morning, according to Fort Collins Police Services (FCPS).

A 23-year-old man who was driving the SUV was heading southeast on Wabash Street when he came to a four-way stop at the intersection with Benthaven Street. He stopped at the stop sign and then proceeded through the intersection where 6-year-old Vale Wolkow who was in the crosswalk at the opposite side of the intersection, according to FCPS.

Vale was taken to a hospital but later died from his injuries, FCPS said. His official cause of death was determined to be multiple blunt force injuries, according to the Larimer County Coroner.

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"Our hearts are with the victim’s family this evening, and words cannot express our sadness,” said Assistant Chief Tim Doran, who oversees the Special Operations Division at FCPS. “We’re working closely with Lopez Elementary and Poudre School District to ensure that support resources are in place for students, families, staff, and anyone else who may have witnessed the incident.”

Drugs, alcohol and speed do not appear to be contributing factors in the crash, according to police.

Police are still investigating and have not determined if the driver will face charges in the collision.

Anyone with information, who has not already spoken to police, is asked to contact Officer Drew Jurkofsky at 970-416-2224.

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