An 8-year-old girl who loved to sing and play outdoors died Friday after being hit by a car while riding her scooter in Fort Worth.
Aja Hill, a first-grader at Atwood McDonald Elementary School in Fort Worth, was always excited about school and recently participated in the spelling bee.
“She loved school. You wouldn’t have to get her up in the morning, she’d just get up on her own,” said Peggy Lewis, Aja’s grandmother.
Fort Worth police said the driver who hit Aja fled the scene and remained at large. Police located the vehicle early Saturday, but had not found its owner. Surveillance video from a nearby residence shows a Dodge Charger speeding through the neighborhood.
She would get up in the morning, come in the den and say, ‘I love you granny,’ and give me a great big hug and a kiss.
Peggy Lewis, Aja Hill’s grandmother
Aja had been enjoying spring break on a beautiful Friday afternoon with her brother and cousin, riding scooters near their home in the 1500 block of Barron Lane, southeast of downtown.
Lewis said Aja had crossed the street to get the scooter from a neighbor and when she crossed again, one car stopped for her — but a black Dodge Charger did not and struck her about 2:15 p.m.
“She was hit hard, she had so many injuries,” Lewis said.
Aja was rushed to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, where she died about two hours later from her injuries, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.
“It’s just so sad that someone wouldn’t stop for that baby girl,” Lewis said.
Aja had a beautiful smile and when she wasn’t talking, she was singing, Lewis said. The girl was a member of Meadowbrook First Baptist Church in Fort Worth where she sang in the choir.
Aja and her family lived with her grandparents, Lewis said. She said Aja had a servant’s heart and was always asking what she could do to help around the house.
Aja made mornings special, Lewis said, in a way that only a child can.
“She would get up in the morning, come in the den and say, ‘I love you granny,’ and give me a great big hug and a kiss,” Lewis said.