Charges still uncertain in January death of Smoky Hill student hit, dragged by truck


AURORA | Police say they have not determined whether they’ll charge the driver of a pick-up truck that struck a student Jan. 11 and dragged her under the truck a short distance near the school. The girl died four days later.

Victoria McKenzie, 16, was struck by a truck around 9:30 a.m. Jan. 11 at the intersection of South Buckley Road and East Quincy Avenue, police said.

In a statement, police said investigators believe an adult male was driving the truck and turning from eastbound Quincy to southbound Buckley when the truck hit McKenzie, who was trapped under the vehicle and dragged a short distance.

“The truck stopped, and all indications are that the driver was unaware of what had occurred,” according to the statement.

Police said McKenzie was conscious when first responders arrived but died four days later at a local hospital.

The crash is still under investigation and police did not say whether the driver is likely to face charges. They said they do not believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.

Investigators have not released the name of the driver but said he is cooperating with the investigation. Police also did not release McKenzie’s name, but Smoky Hill, in a letter to the school community Wednesday, identified her and said she was a sophomore at the school.

The letter, signed by Principal Chuck Puga, said there would be mental health support available to students.

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