UPDATE: Geneseo Central School has identified the student as 14-year-old Claire Allen. The sheriff says Claire, a Geneseo student, was running with a friend when she was hit in the area of Nations Road, just north of the school campus. The investigation is pending.
UPDATE: Geneseo Central School has identified the student as 14-year-old Claire Allen.
ORIGINAL STORY: A 14-year-old runner is dead after being struck and killed by a vehicle on Route 39 in Geneseo Thursday afternoon.
The sheriff says the girl, a Geneseo student, was running with a friend when she was hit in the area of Nations Road -- just north of the school campus. We're told that happened around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The road was shut down for hours afterward as deputies investigated.
"There's a lot to figure out at this point, but nothing suspicious," Sheriff Thomas Dougherty told reporters. "It appears a horrible, horrible accident."
Geneseo High School paints a picture that says that the loss of this student will remain with this community for a long time. All games at Geneseo High School have been cancelled for tonight.
"The sign at the school [Geneseo] says - all games cancelled for tonight.
News10NBC: I learned the girl's name and saw a picture of her -- beautiful, smiling picture.
But until the sheriff tells us that all of the girl's family has been notified, we're not going to broadcast her name or photo.
The sheriff talked with me at the point where route 39 was closed for the investigation.
News10NBC: "Sheriff, can you explain how this girl got into the road in a position where she was hit by a car?"
Sheriff Tom Dougherty: "She was out for a run with her friend. What exactly got her into the roadway is being investigated."
This is where the accident happened.
It was just after 4 o'clock so it was still light out.
It's a two lane road where the speed limit is 55 miles an hour.
The car that hit the girl was heading south, the opposite direction of the cars in this video.
When I spoke with the Geneseo school superintendent, he declined to say whether the girl was a member of the cross country team to help protect her family.
News10NBC also spoke with Tim Hayes, the superintendent of Geneseo.
"Obviously we've had a terrible tragedy," says Hayes. "The basic thing I want to express right now is we are still working with the family and thee families involved and they need more time to notify family members."
Hayes says school staff came back to the school tonight to help students, and they'll be at the school early Friday morning.
"We're small community. We're a close community. That will help us get through this but right now it's just very difficult," says Hayes.
And if any of her family are reading this - we all offer our sincere condolences.