(01/11/2006)
A 9-year-old Clay County elementary student has died after being struck by a tow truck. She has been identified as Alexandria Moore, a third-grader and granddaughter of Clinton Nichols, publisher of the Clay County Free Press.

Nichols, is a former legislator and Clay County commissioner. The girls parents are Brian and Rene Moore.

Reports said the girl was going back to the road to get a newspaper and the mail when she was struck by a tow truck, driven by Andy Adkins, 34, of Procious.

She was the second state school student to be killed shortly after getting off a school bus in WV in less than a week.

The Moore accident happened in the Maysel area.

She was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital, where she died later Tuesday, according to State Police.

"She'd gotten off the bus and was going across a bridge to her house," school officials said. "The bus then traveled on the rest of its route. We don't know whether she got all the way to her house or not, but for some reason she came back across the bridge and was hit."

"She was a little lady who had a positive influence on just about everybody she came in contact with," said principal Danny Brown.

Last week, 5-year-old Dallas Dehart died after he tripped and fell under the back wheels of his school bus in Wyoming County.

The boy was going to a baby-sitter's house and had walked away from the bus, but apparently had dropped some suckers and went back to get them, according to Wyoming County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Randall Aliff.


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