Pedestrian killed, 3 others injured after being struck by vehicle in Kent

A 13-year-old girl died Saturday night when a family of four was hit by a vehicle in Kent.

Kent fire officials said the family was crossing a street one block south of Pacific Highway South and Kent Des Moines Road, when they were struck.

They were on the island in the middle of the highway when they started to cross the southbound lanes, and were hit by a pickup truck, fire officials said.

The girl died at the scene. Her mother, father, and a toddler were also struck, and were taken to a nearby hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Fire officials said the driver of the truck cooperated with police.

“The visibility is not that good right now, certainly the ability to brake adequately is lost because of the wet ground. As far as who’s to blame, that’s part of the investigation,” said Capt. Kyle Ohashi with the Kent Fire Department.

Witnesses described the family crossing at a point along Pacific Highway with bags of toys from Dollar Tree.

“Brakes screeching, and that was it. And people screaming and running over there,” witness Marc Bailey said.

Further information was not immediately available.