Kokomo police identify child hit and killed

A 10-year-old girl was seriously injured when she was struck by a car on East Alto Road in Kokomo Thursday.
10-year-old killed in hit and run
Kokomo 10YO killed in hit-and-run (Friday 630AM report)
Kokomo 10YO killed in hit-and-run (Friday 530AM report)

KOKOMO, Ind. (WTHR) - A 10-year-old girl has died after she was hit by a vehicle in Kokomo Thursday evening.

Police say the girl was flown by helicopter to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health after the crash on East Alto Road. Witnesses found the girl injured in the street.

A 20-year-old suspect was taken into custody for the crash. (Photo: Tim Bath/Kokomo Tribune)
A 20-year-old suspect was taken into custody for the crash. (Photo: Tim Bath/Kokomo Tribune)

The Kokomo Police Department's Facebook page stated the girl was walking when she was struck and was initially unconscious. She was taken to the hospital after CPR was administered and she was revived.

Just blocks away from the hit-and-run scene, police arrested 22-year-old Josh Cochran for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

Our news partners at the Kokomo Tribune shared photos showing officers taking a man away in handcuffs and the car allegedly involved, parked in a garage.

"I just don't understand why they wouldn't stop," said Reshawn Rayls.

Rayls is talking about the driver she says hit the girl and then kept going.

"He flew, he flew away," said Rayls, who was heading east on Alto Road when she saw the girl walking in the same direction on the opposite side of the street.

"What I was thinking was, 'Oh, sweetie, you need to get over and that's a really cute back pack,'" said Rayls, describing the moment she drove past the little girl.

Seconds later, Rayls says she watched in her rearview mirror as another driver, coming west, hit the girl head on.

"It was the most horrific thing I've ever seen in my entire life," said Rayls.

The mother of two pulled over, ran toward the girl and flagged down another driver.

"I pulled over, blocked all the traffic and decided whether to go after the guy that hit her or stay and try and help the little girl that had just been hit and made the decision to stay and help the little girl and try and keep her alive," said Michael Farmer, the driver Rayls flagged down.

Rayls and Farmer called 911 and Rayls started CPR.

"Just something came over and I just did it because she's a baby and I needed to do it.," said Rayls.

At some point, she realized the child's mother was on scene.

"She was crying and I'm doing compressions on her baby girl," Rayls said.

Friday morning, Kokomo police identifed the 10-year-old as Renay Jenkins.

The little girl's brother told Eyewitness News she was a loving person who loved to sing.

Police don't know if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash. They are awaiting toxicology results.

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