Family of girl killed by logging truck copes with tragedy

Alyiah McKenzie Morgan (Image courtesy family)
April 25, 2013 4:20:48 AM PDT
A Sampson County family is trying to cope with the unimaginable heartbreak of losing a child.

Seven-year-old Alyiah Morgan was killed Tuesday in a hit and run accident involving a logging truck at her bus stop.

Both her aunt and mother witnessed the little girl's final moments on earth.

"She was dying," said Alyiah's aunt, Rosabella Martinez. "I told her I loved her, because I do."

Martinez says she will never forget the last words she spoke to her niece, or the horrible sight of Alyiah being run over by a log truck.

"I was screaming for her to stop, 'Don't come. Please stop,' and she just came and he didn't slow down. He didn't stop. He just ran her right over."

Eyewitnesses said the log truck didn't stop.

The log truck driver, 37-year-old Johnny Spell remains jailed, charged with DWI, manslaughter and passing a stopped school bus.

Alyiah's family and classmates describe her as full of energy, and say she always putting a smile on your face.

"She was beautiful," said Martinez. "She was sweet. She was the most wonderful person I know."

Troopers said Spell's commercial driver's license was just restored after being cited last week for driving without one. The log truck belonged to Ricky Lucas trucking.

According to the U.S. Dept of Transportation and other trucking web sites, Lucas' company had passing safety and maintenance inspections.

A background check into Spell's past revealed numerous drug, larceny and other charges.

Late Wednesday, a family member of the truck owner said he was not going to comment. ABC11 also talked with Spell's family. They didn't want to go on camera, but said they too are devastated, and their message to the little girl's family is that they are so sorry this happened.

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