Flushing Middle School student dies after being hit by car

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FLUSHING (WJRT) - (05/03/17) - UPDATE: Thirteen-year-old Alaina Ullmer died overnight after being hit by a car while crossing Carpenter Road for play practice at Flushing High School on Monday.

13-year-old Alaina Ullmer, the 8th grade Flushing student hit by a car on Monday afternoon, remains in critical condition.

Students have filled her locker with letters, notes, pictures and flowers.

Many students spent Wednesday consoling each other in a special room at the Middle School.

On Friday, Bigby Coffee of Flushing is hosting a fundraiser for Alaina’s family.

The coffee shop has created a Facebook event.

It will donate half of Friday's sales from 6 a.m. 9 p.m. to Alaina's family.

The money will be added to a growing GoFundMe account, which has already raised more than $13,000. The goal is $30,000.

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(05/02/17) - UPDATE: Thirteen-year-old Alaina Ullmer, an eighth grader at Flushing Middle School, remains in critical condition after being hit by a car Monday afternoon.

Ullmer and another student were walking from the middle school to the high school auditorium for play practice when she was hit by a female high school student driving on Carpenter Road. Police say they were cutting between stopped traffic.

"The traffic was backed up from the corner so it was stopped cars all the way back and they were cutting between that line of stopped traffic," said Flushing Township Police Chief Brian Fairchild.

Fairchild say the crash remains under investigation, but at this time, it's looking like an accident.

Neighbors who live in the area tell ABC12 News even though the release times for the schools are staggered, it's still chaotic in the area.

"It could happen anywhere, it could happen if you have one school, but it's the fact that you have so much traffic and everyone is anxious. I always said 'it was a matter of time', it's just too bad it happened that way," said resident Gaspare Pavia.

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A teenage girl, walking from Flushing Middle School to the High School Auditorium for play practice, is hospitalized after being hit by a high school student driving on Carpenter Road.

Now her classmates are praying for her.

We're still waiting to hear on the condition of the 8th grader who was hit, as students had to deal with learning what happened to their fellow classmate at play practice.

"She had said before she even came that she was going to walk, we had all advised her not to do that," said Chloe Covert, a fellow 8th grader at Flushing Middle School.

"We rode the bus --Miss Gibson wrote bus passes for us all to catch a bus here," she noted while sitting with her mom after play practice.

Covert--and fellow cast members-- rode a bus from Flushing Middle School to the High School for an afternoon rehearsal of the school play. But not everyone boarded that bus.

Police say two students were walking from the Middle School towards the high school and cut between stopped traffic--when one of the two was hit by a car driven by a female high school student coming the other way on Carpenter road.

"The traffic was backed up from the corner so it was stopped cars all the way back and they were cutting between that line of stopped traffic," said Flushing Township Police Chief Brian Fairchild.

Police say speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash. Word spread quickly over at the high school as cast members gathered in the auditorium.

"I know that there are a lot of kids upset right now, and a lot of kids freaking out, but I cannot quite tell you how I feel yet."

Chloe says she and several of her friends started to pray for their classmate backstage.

"Everyone needs to be praying right now," she added.

We reached out to School Superintendent Timothy Stein who tells us students participating in after school activities at the high school are provided bus transportation and they're not given approval to walk without parent permission.

He also tells us they are deeply saddened by this situation and their thoughts and prayers go out to their students and families involved.

Police say the crash remains under investigation but at this time it's looking like an accident.
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ABC12 News is on the scene of a pedestrian accident at Carpenter Road and Prestonwood Lane in Flushing.

Flushing Township Police Chief Brian Fairchild says about 2:45 p.m. Monday, police were called to the scene of a pedestrian accident on Carpenter Road.

Fairchild says a pedestrian, a female middle school student, crossed between parked cars or stopped cars when she was hit by another female high school student driver. The victim has been transported to Hurley Medical Medical Center for treatment. There is no update on her condition at this time.

Right now, the Michigan State Police accident reconstruction team is on the scene.

We will update you on the very latest as more details become available.



 
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