Family Copes with Tragic Accident

By: Sarah Goebel Email
By: Sarah Goebel Email

The family of a two-year-old who died tragically in Muhlenberg County Wednesday tries to cope with her death.

Kimberly Knight and her daughter Stormie were visiting grandparents Wednesday evening.

Kentucky State Police say the mom left her truck running with her child buckled into the car seat to go into the house.

Within seconds, Stormie unbuckled herself, climbed out of the car seat and into the front, putting the truck into gear.

The truck rolled out of the driveway into a neighbor's yard.

That's when Stormie was thrown from the vehicle and the truck rolled over her.

Stormie was pronounced dead at the scene. Family and community members are still in disbelief over what they are calling a freak accident.

"She was a very intelligent little girl. Everybody in the community knew Stormie and she was family to a lot of families," Stormie's Uncle, Ben Kramer said.

Kramer lives next to her grandparents and saw the accident happen.

"All of the sudden I heard a scream and the truck was rolling down the driveway and I got up and ran after it and I just never could catch it," he remembered.

By the time he reached the truck, it was too late.

"Myself and the child's mother started rescue treatment--we're both trained firefighters with the local fire department," Kramer continued.

He added that there was nothing they could do to save her, but tried anyway.

"She sustained massive head injuries. The vehicle did run over her," said Tony Armour, the Muhlenberg County coroner.

Armour said the Knight's own the local fire department and are well respected in the community.

"Accidents happen to good people," Armour said.

Besides working with the family, he's also a close friend.

"It's a terrible thing to work, and something you never want to do is work a case on someone that you know well," Armour admitted.

"Space really for them seems to be a good answer right now. Everybody is going to miss her," Kramer continued.

"Accepting and moving on is going to be a hard thing to do," he assured.

The cause of death is listed as blunt force trauma to the head.

Kentucky State Police say the family will not be charged for her death.

Stormie's visitation and funeral will be on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30 at 2 o'clock.


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