Van hits, kills girl, 12, at Lexington's Constitution Park

A girl died Friday when a van driven by “a close family member” hit her at Constitution Park in Lexington, police said.

Sierra Hubbard of Lexington was pronounced dead at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital at 10:26 p.m., according to a release from the Fayette County coroner’s office. She died of multiple blunt force trauma, the coroner said.

Lt. Edward Hart said the girl, 12, was walking next to a 2005 Kia Sedona being driven by Jullie B. Reece at the park, behind Northern Elementary School off Bryan Station Road, and was talking to three family members who were inside the vehicle when she fell.

According to a news release, Sierra was attempting to get into the van when she fell. The van, moving at 5 mph or less, hit her and caused a severe head injury, Hart said.

Police said the incident is being investigated as an accident. The release says that while drugs and alcohol are not suspected, toxicology results are pending.

Hart said that Sierra’s two younger siblings were in the van and they referred to the driver as their godmother.

Apparently the group had been playing at Constitution Park and decided to leave, and the teen decided to walk toward the park entrance.