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Teen fatally struck by car

Miracle Parham

Miracle Parham

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

A McDonough ninth-grader was killed, after she reportedly tried to elude an "aggressive" dog, and was hit by a car.

Henry County Police identified the teen as 14-year-old Miracle Parham.

The accident occurred around 7:20 a.m., Tuesday, at the intersection of Jonesboro Road and Rosewood Drive in McDonough, according to Police Maj. Jason Bolton.

"A passenger vehicle heading east on Jonesboro Road struck [Parham] in the center of the road," Bolton said. "Witnesses reported that the victim appeared to be backing away from an aggressive dog, when she was struck."

The driver of the passenger vehicle, the major continued, was taken to Henry Medical Center to be treated for "non-life-threatening injuries."

Police are continuing to investigate the accident, Bolton added. No charges had been filed against the driver, as of Tuesday afternoon.

Jessica Jackson, of McDonough, lives near the scene of the incident. Jackson said she had just gone into her house, after dropping off her children, ages 6 and 7, at a bus stop in front of her home, when she heard alarming noises outside her house.

"I heard a big bang as soon as I went back into my house, tires squealing and a woman screaming," said Jackson, 24. "Me and my mother both ran back outside. There was a lady standing at my mailbox, with her hands bleeding, and then, I saw a body laying in the road."

Jackson, who moved into her home from Locust Grove a few weeks ago, described the incident as "scary."

"It's horrible, especially knowing that my kids' bus stop is right here, where it happened," she added. "I think the bus stop is too close to that street, anyway."

Parham was a student at Henry County High School. Tony Pickett, spokesman for the Henry County Schools System, said school officials are "saddened" by Parham's death.

"When we heard about it, we mobilized a crisis-response team to go to Henry County High School, and provide emotional support for students and employees," Pickett said. "It's such a tragic event, and our hearts go out to the family."

Scott John, the principal at Henry County High, said the entire school, including teachers and students, were "devastated" by Parham's death.

"She was extremely well-liked, and a popular person in her ninth-grade class," John said. "I have [a] Media Center full of counselors, social workers and other adults that are helping our students and faculty grieve for the loss."

The Parham case marks the second mourning period for Henry County High School in recent weeks. Suzette Rainer, a popular, veteran media specialist, died Sept. 28.

Principal John expressed gratitude on behalf of his staff, for the way the school system has responded to the deaths.

"We've had tremendous support from our central office ... and [the] Crisis Response Team," he added.