TROY, Mo. - A fun night of trick or treating on Halloween turns tragic in Moscow Mills after a seven-year-old girl is hit by a pick-up truck. Initially, authorities thought the girl`s injuries were so serious that she was airlifted to Children`s Hospital. Now investigators tell us she has stabilized and is expected to recover.
We have been speaking with the girl's mother. She tells us her daughter's name is Zoe and she is still in the ICU at Children's. The Missouri Highway Patrol was called in to do the investigation.
Officers tell FOX 2 that Zoe was out trick-or-treating with her mom at around 7:00pm last night. Her mother was across the street. Zoe darted out into Kathy Avenue in front of a 1999 Dodge Ram pick-up truck. Investigators say the truck didn't have time to stop and hit little Zoe.
Her mother immediately picked her up and rushed her to a hospital in Troy, she was airlifted from there to Children's.
"It was horrific. You don't ever want to see your children go through something like that. To have it happen in front of you, whether or not it is your child, it still breaks you down," said Taylor Carlson, who was out with her family trick or treating in the same group as Zoe.
Taylor's husband, Tyler Carlson, says Zoe ran down a driveway and between two cars into the street. He says the truck driver had very little time to react.
"She was definitely shaken up, screaming, a scream you don't want to hear. Mom is screaming, the little girl is screaming. But it just happened real quick," said Tyler Carlson.
"She just ran straight out. She tried to slam on her brakes but I guess she couldn't, and just hit the little girl," said Jasmine Adams, who was in the truck. "I heard and felt the front hit her and I felt like we were going over a speed bump. But like just with the front tire on the passenger side, the side that she hit her on."
Zoe's mom says both of her daughter's lungs are bruised, and one of the lungs is collapsed. She also tells us Zoe has a neck fracture and three broken ribs.
The Missouri Highway Patrol did not cite the truck driver and no charges are being filed.