SUMMIT TOWNSHIP, Pa. — An 11-year-old boy has died after being hit by a car Monday morning in Butler County , police confirmed to Channel 11.
Mark Fike, his brother, Ryan, and sister, Lyssa, were all struck while waiting at the bus stop along Geibel Road in Summit Township.
Channel 11 has learned the woman driving the car that hit the kids knows all three of them. She is an employee at the Butler Area School District.
Pennsylvania State Police said she stopped at the stop sign, but because of sun glare, she never saw the kids.
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Police continue to investigate but believe this was a tragic accident.
The 9-year-old girl who was hit suffered a broken ankle, and her 6-year-old brother remains in the hospital with more severe injuries, according to police.
"Mark was wise. I nicknamed him 'The Professor' because he was a brilliant kid, a little scientist; he was always digging up bugs, looking at rocks with my kids. Studying rocks, plants and bugs and animals; you name it, he was always outdoors, doing stuff," said Scott Rogers, a family member. "Just one of the sweetest kids ever, which is why it is so tough."
"This road kind of drops lower at this point, not sure if they were sitting or standing along the roadway," said Trooper Dan Kesten, with Pennsylvania State Police. "The operator completely stopped at the stop sign. She wasn't even going very fast, just never saw the children."
"They've got a lot of family here, a lot of support, so we will get through it," Rogers said.
Dr. Brian White, the Butler Area School District superintendent, said the following regarding Monday's morning tragic incident:
"I am at a loss for words regarding this morning's tragedy. Anytime a student passes it is devastating and it impacts our entire school community. We have made and will continue to make extra counselors available for any students and staff members who are in need of grief support.
The way our school community pulls together to support one another in the face of an incredibly difficult situation never fails to amaze me. I'm grateful to the many people who stepped up today and will continue to do so to offer their support to all those in need.
On behalf of the entire school community, we extend our deepest sympathy to the student's family and friends at this difficult time."
Cox Media Group