Mother remembers toddler hit by car in Bedford

BEDFORD, KY (WAVE) - Just a split second -- that's all the time it took for some Trimble county parents lives to change forever and the life of their two-year-old little girl to end.

Kloie Garcia died Thursday morning after a car hit her outside of her Bedford home on Highway 421 North.

"She's a beautiful two-year-old girl," her grief-stricken mother, Jessica Sachleben, said. "She'll be three July 30th."

Kloie loved like a two-year-old.

"She loved to swing at the park, go down the slides," said Sachleben. "She loved making messes and she liked Elmo."

Kloie lived life at the speed only a small child can.

"She was going to come right back," said Sachleben. "She knows she's not allowed past the grass."

Her family was all at hand for a yard sale Thursday morning. It turned into a tragedy in an instant.

"She was right where I was standing and I was right near her," said her grandmother, Karleen Richmond. "She was close to me and some car just came up past the white line into the gravel and struck her."

"This guy came swinging around into the gravel and hit my baby and knocked her way over there," said Sachleben.

Kloie's mom and her grandma says they're not entirely surprised because cars hit the busy highway going fast.

"I'm devastated, I'm mad, I'm angry because my two-year-old granddaughter had to suffer for that," said Richmond of speeders.

Kentucky State Police say it was an accident and that the driver couldn't avoid Kloie.

"The parents were watching after the children," Trooper Brad Arterburn said. "Unfortunately, the child got away from the parents for just a split second when the accident happened."

But like so many sudden accidents, this one is hard to process. It's hard to understand why instead of candles on a birthday cake the ones lit for Kloie are on her memorial.

"She loves to go to church," said Richmond. "She puts her hands up and she says, 'I love you Jesus.'"

Kentucky State Police say the driver, 21-year-old Ryan Jones from North Carolina, is not facing any charges at this time. The crash is still under investigation.

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