Millersville Girl, 7, Dies In Tragic Driveway Accident Saturday

 7-year-old girl dies in a tragic accident…

Millersville Girl, 7, Dies In Tragic Driveway Accident


UPDATE: Candle Light Vigil To Be Held Wednesday

MILLERSVILLE TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – A parent led candlelight vigil will be held at Robert F Woodall Elementary located at 300 Edenway in White House on Wednesday, June 10 at 8:00PM in front of the school. We hope this will not only help the family but also help our students cope with this tragic loss. Tori’s friends have requested everyone to wear pink as this was her favorite color. Thank You, Shelley Brinegar

 A 7-year-old girl has died in a tragic accident after being struck by a neighbor’s vehicle Saturday in Millersville.

At 12:oo p.m. Sunday authorities released the name of the child, she is identified as 7 year old Tori Hicks of Millersville. Smokey Barn News is in contact with the family and we should have a statement shortly.


Tori Hicks

According to Millersville Police Chief David Hindman, the accident occurred between 5:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. while the girl was playing in a driveway shared by two homes in the 1200 block of McMurty Road in Millersville.

The driver of the Ford F-150, 48 year old neighbor Kenneth R Davenport, is cooperating with investigators and said he didn’t see the girl. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene, Hindman said.

Hindman said several local church ministers responded to the scene to provide counseling to the victim’s family and witnesses.

In a press conference held Saturday evening (see video above) Police Chief Hindman said alcohol was suspected but at this phase of the investigation he was not sure to what extent.


UPDATE: At 5:00 p.m. Monday Millersville Police Chief Hindman told Smokey Barn News that the toxicology tests results came back from the Tennessee Bureau Of Investigation. The results indicated that Mr. Davenport was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident. Chief Hindman said, this means the incident will be officially be classified as an accident and no charges will be filed.

“It’s a pure accident, nothing more” Hindman said.

Smokey spoke to the family Sunday afternoon, they are needless to say beside themselves with grief. They asked us to pass the following message on to the community. “Thank you to everyone for all their Tori2support and well wishes through all of this. Keep the prayers coming because we really need them right now. Tori was the sweetest little thing. There was no one any sweeter than her. She was always the politest little thing.”

Tori would have been going into second grade at Robert F Woodall next year. Tori’s dad Stephen Hicks said that he had just received Tori’s report card, “She got straight A’s”, Stephen said.

Tori loved to draw and being outside enjoying nature. We will miss her smile the most.” Stephen Hicks & Krista Hicks

A Go-Fund-Me-Page has been set up by the family if you would like to help the family out with funeral expenses. The page met it goal and was removed by the family.

The staff at Smokey Barn News was heartbroken after hearing about this tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers are with the family as they face the days and weeks ahead.

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  1. jess

    How can anyone leave such a negative comment? Omg this man is forever broken. I am sure it was an accident and he may have been paying close attention. Children run and dart all over the place in an instant. These tragic events happen to the best, most responsible and alert people. Do not judge him because you do not have the right. Only God can judge him. I feel for both sides. God bless you Tori & family. God bless Kenny and family. Heart aches for all involved. Kenny is a great caring man. I would hope that if this happens to you, nobody will put u down on social media. Especially if they weren’t there or in your head……bless u all

  2. Belinda Vaughn

    We are so very sorry to hear this. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of this child. It is a terrible tragedy and you will be in our thoughts and prayers. We lost a family member of 5 years old recently and can relate to your grief. God Bless you all.

    • Nicole

      Yes both incidents are so very sad and they have really opened my eyes to the fact that it could happen 2 anyone. Im overly cautious when backing out of driveways ESPECIALLY when I know that children live nearby. I have been preaching 2 my 7 year old son about watching for vehicles that could be baking out or leaving their driveway and telling him to be pro active and watch for them because they probably dont see u. Ive also been explaining 2 him that im not trying 2 be mean by not letting him ride his bike in the road. Im just protecting him. I have had both the Vaughn & Hicks family in my thoughta and prayers! May god ease your pain and give u peace.