Girl Dies After Being Hit by Van

By: Doug Korstanje Email
By: Doug Korstanje Email

The pastor of a local church says Rachel Benson, age 11, died Friday evening. The girl's death came several hours after she was hit by a Prestera Center van on 9th Avenue near Hal Greer Boulevard.

The van was carrying several Prestera clients and the driver told police Benson ran out from behind stopped traffic and in to the path of the van.

The Rev. Roy Terry of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church says the family decided to donate Rachel's organs so that several other people could live, a tribute to Rachel and the joy she brought to her family. The announcement of the girl's death was delayed until Sunday because of the organ donation.

The church is next door to the home where the girl lived, and there were many prayers Sunday morning for family and friends trying to cope with the loss.

Reverend Terry will meet with the family on Monday to complete funeral arrangements.

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