Funeral arrangements have been set for 6-year-old Charlie Semones, who died Saturday after an SUV struck him as he rode his bike on Excel Court.
Visitation for Charlie is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Harrod Brothers Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow Wednesday at 1 p.m.
“It’s such a sad situation – words can’t convey how hard it is to lose a child,” Franklin County Public Schools Superintendent Harrie Buecker said this morning.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and how sad we are about it, and we’ll do whatever we can to help them and help our kids.”
Buecker said the district’s crisis team was in place this morning at the Early Learning Village, where Charlie was a kindergartener. Members of the team will be available to counsel any students, faculty or staff who need it.
Charlie was the son of David Estill and Michelle Price Semones. He leaves behind three brothers, Andrew, David and Jacob.
Franklin County High School posted a message on its Facebook page Sunday expressing sympathy to Charlie’s brother, Jacob, who was a student there.
“We hold Jacob and his family close in our thoughts and prayers,” it said.
The tragedy could turn into a lesson on safety for Franklin County kids, Buecker said. When three FCHS students died in a car accident last year, she addressed the student body about safe driving.
“It would probably be incorporated in a much simpler way with them (the young students),” Buecker said.
“It could mean talking to them about staying safe while they are on their bikes, looking both ways when they cross the street, and those kinds of things.”
Since April 2007, 35 pedestrians and nearly 20 bicyclists have been injured and one has died after being hit by a vehicle in Frankfort, according to collision data on the Kentucky State Police website.
Charlie, who was not wearing a helmet, died from blunt force trauma to the head after the accident, Coroner Will Harrod said.
Semones was hit in the Silver Lake subdivision around 6 p.m. Saturday, and the driver, Pamela Smith, 60, of Frankfort, was inconsolable at the scene.
No charges have been filed, Frankfort Police Maj. Fred Deaton said.
“At this point it seems it was just a horrible accident,” Deaton said about the preliminary investigation.
The Frankfort Police accident reconstruction unit is examining the Jeep that hit the child, his bicycle and the scene as the investigation continues, Deaton said.
“Drivers need to be aware of pedestrians and bicycles in the area, and pedestrians need to be aware of vehicles before they cross the street,” he said.
The accident is one of several in recent months involving pedestrians or bicyclists.
In September, a car hit state worker Nathan Brown as he rode his bike along Wilkinson Boulevard.
On Feb. 14, a 20-year-old man walking down Ridgeview Drive was injured after being struck by a car.
A Ford Bronco struck a pedestrian who was crossing the intersection of Thornhill Bypass and Schenkel Lane on March 2. A few days later on March 7, a car hit an 85-year-old woman as she crossed Second Street.
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