Child struck by vehicle,
later dies of injuries
A two-year-old girl died after being struck by a vehicle Feb. 28, according to a news release from the Virginia State Police.
MacKenzie Hope Hubbard, 2, daughter of Coby and Sherry Hubbard of Patrick Springs, died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The little girl was first transported to Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County and later flown to the North Carolina trauma center.
The accident occurred at 5:20 p.m. on Rt. 721 in Patrick County, about one-tenth mile west of Rt. 627.
The investigation revealed that a 1994 Geo Metro that was being operated by Jason Lee Harris, 34, of Patrick Springs, was traveling westbound on Rt. 721 when the child ran out into the roadway and was struck by the vehicle, the news release stated.
Patrick Commonwealth's Attorney Stephanie Vipperman said Tuesday that State Trooper J.M. Hylton had completed his investigation and ruled the incident accidental.
Vipperman said no charges would be filed in the case. It was "a tragic accident," she said.
An online fund-raising effort on gofundme.com had raised almost $14,000 to help with medical and funeral expenses for the little girl as of Tuesday.
The death of MacKenzie Hope Hubbard was the second traffic fatality in Patrick County in 2014.
Some of the approximately 35 volunteers for the Patrick County Community Food Bank are pictured packing up to 450 boxes of food each month.