LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A Louisville community continues to grieve the loss of a young girl who was killed in a car accident on Dixie Highway Friday night, as new details emerge about the tragedy.
Brianna Fuller, 10, died when the car she was riding in was struck by another vehicle. Brianna and her father were turning into Domino’s near Holy Cross High School when the accident happened.
Brianna was thrown from the vehicle. Her mother, Danielle Williams, told WHAS11 the impact of the crash caused her daughter’s seatbelt to snap. The little girl died at the scene. Her father and the driver of the other vehicle were transported to the hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
LMPD said speed appeared to be a factor in the crash, noting that multiple witnesses said the car that struck the girl and her father was traveling at a very high rate of speed. Police confirmed Monday that LMPD’s Traffic Unit is now investigating the possibility of a third vehicle’s involvement after witnesses said it appeared another vehicle was chasing the car that crashed into Brianna and her father. Following the police investigation, the case will be turned over to the Commonwealth's Attorney for review.
Williams said her daughter was extremely active – she loved dancing, cheerleading, and running cross-country. She started to smile as she described what she called “one of the greatest gifts” left behind by her loving daughter – a series of video blogs Brianna recorded on her iPad.
Brianna was a fifth grade student at Bates Elementary School. Principal Alecia Dunn said Brianna, "touched many hearts at Bates Elementary […] she had a beautiful spirit, was highly involved, and always put forth her best effort at everything she did. She will be remembered forever.”
The school brought in a team of counselors Monday to help students cope with the loss.
“Our students and staff have come together as a Bates Family, and we want to thank all of the JCPS responders, the community and the parents for their support,” said Dunn.
Schoppenhorst, Underwood, and Brooks Funeral Home in Shepherdsville is handling Brianna's funeral arrangements. The visitation is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and the funeral is Friday at 10 a.m.