SHALER TOWNSHIP (KDKA/AP) – A 6-year-old girl is dead after allegedly being struck by a vehicle driven by a Millvale man who is facing homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence charges among several other serious charges.
The incident happened Saturday night around 10:30 p.m. on Locust Ridge Drive in Shaler, when police say 20-year-old Travis Richard Grayson came around a bend, lost control of his vehicle and struck the girl and her mother in a driveway.
“I came running to the door and all I heard was, ‘my little girl, my little girl!'” said witness Judy Templin Williams.
The girl, Ava Campbell, died several hours later at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Ava was in driveway with her mother Amber and her sister, when Grayson’s car came barreling down the street. He was going 30 miles per hour over the speed limit.
“he indicated to our detective that he had consumed alcoholic beverages during the day and evening yesterday and also had smoked some marijuana,” said Shaler Police Lt. Sean Frank.
Grayson is charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, driving under the influence and other counts.
According to the criminal complaint, he told police he had had 10 beers and smoked marijuana before the crash and “was driving like a stupid idiot.”
Grayson was in custody and court records didn’t list a lawyer.
A funeral fund has been set up for Ava Campbell.
You can make donations at the Allegheny Valley Bank at 2000 Mt. Troy Rd. in Troy Hill in care of Dave and Amber Campbell.
Stay with KDKA for much more on this developing story.
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