Girl dies after being struck: Family member says driver's charges not enough


by Johnny Archer

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 12 at 1:37 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Family members believe more needs to be done after death of 7-year-old hit by car Monday died at Kosair Children's Hospital - now, a family member of Aiyana Osburn is speaking out.

Osburn was taken off of life support Monday evening. She was also taken away from the people who loved her most.

“When you care about her that much and you raise a child up the best way you can, then all of a sudden you’re going to lose her for no reason,” Barbra Ward said in tears. “That’s a big loss.”

Ward is the grandmother of Aiyana. Her granddaughter was hit by 29-year-old Michael Penick at Buechel Bank Rd. and Sanford Ave. near General Electric Appliance Park while crossing.

“I can’t understand,” Ward said. “She was taught to look both ways before she crossed [the street].”

Aiyana and her stepmother had just gotten off of a TARC bus and were about to cross the street when she was hit.

“She was trying to run and I said,’ No quit running,” Sarah Ghoded, Aiyana’s stepmother, said. “I had a hold of her hand and she was running and the car swerved."

It’s reported that Penick drove about 1,000 feet before stopping and returning to the scene of the accident.

Penick has been cited for driving with a suspended license and driving with no insurance.

Aiyana’s grandmother said she believes Penick’s punishment is not enough for her granddaughter’s death.

“I don’t understand why they don’t charge him for hit and run,” Ward said. “I don’t understand that.”