Caresse Jackman talks to family and neighbors of a toddler killed when she was hit by a truck near Slidell.
SLIDELL — A family is trying to cope with the loss of a 17-month-old girl after the toddler was hit and killed by a truck Monday afternoon.
Video sent to Eyewitness News from a viewer shows the frantic and heartbreaking moments after 17-month-old Koreyana Kirsh was hit. First responders are seen trying to help the young child, while her family cried out in grief.
“She was a fun-loving little baby. She was a quick learner, and she was fast,” Koreyana’s aunt Kirara Kirsh said.
Investigators said shortly before 4 p.m. Monday, 21-year-old Shea Fitzgerald was driving down East Forest Drive in a large truck when Koreyana entered the roadway, going underneath the large vehicle.
The truck’s back wheels rolled over the baby’s body.
Listening to her little voice on her phone, Kirsh said she will miss her baby niece’s bubbly personality.
“I loved the way she would say thank you,” Kirsh said. “She’d say ‘I love you!’ or she’d simply smile. She’d run up and down the hallway. She was just a happy child.”
As word spread in the community, neighbors stopped by, dropping off flowers, giving the family hugs and their condolences.
‘We’re pretty much close knit. Everybody kind of knows everybody here,” Slidell resident Jason LeBlanc said.
LeBlanc also said busy traffic coming in and out of the neighborhood is a big concern for people in the community.
“It impedes us from getting in and out,” LeBlanc said. “And it also is a danger to the…