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Child hit by SUV dies in Great Falls; investigation continues

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(GREAT FALLS) A 7-year old girl died after being hit by a vehicle in Great Falls on Wednesday evening.

It happened just after 6 p.m. on the 1200 block of Valley View Drive on the northwest side of Great Falls.

The child was then taken to Benefis Health System, but died from her injuries.

The Great Falls Police Department said in a press release late Thursday morning that investigators do not believe the incident "stems from any criminal action or activity."

The GFPD says that the incident did not involve a driver speeding down the street.

The child's name has not been released.

Here is the full text of the GFPD press release: 

Last evening (August 9, 2017) at approximately 6:05pm dispatchers at the Cascade County/Great Falls Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call reporting that a child had been struck by a vehicle in the 1200 block of Valley View Drive. 

The dispatchers immediately sent emergency police, medical, and fire personnel to the scene. 

Our officers were first to the scene and found a young girl had been seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle. 

The officers initiated CPR and continued until personnel from Great Falls Fire Rescue and Great Falls Emergency Services arrived to take over. The child, determined to be seven years of age, was transported to the emergency room at Benefis Health Systems where she died of her injuries. 

The accident scene was secured and troopers from Montana Highway Patrol arrived, with their Total Mapping Station, to assist with the investigation. 

The incident is still under investigation as we work closely with the Cascade County Attorney’s Office and the Montana Highway Patrol to determine what led to the child’s death. At this time we do not believe the incident stems from any criminal action or activity. 

Out of consideration for the family of the child we are not releasing the child’s name or further details of the incident. 

We would like to extend our gratitude to the community for the outpouring of support and prayer for the family of the child and the emergency responders, we are grateful to serve and protect a town full of such compassion and empathy.

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