DALLAS, Texas - A Dallas family is mourning the loss of a 6-year-old girl who lost control of her bike and was then fatally struck by a vehicle.
Kayla Brown had just learned how to ride her new bike without training wheels. Her relatives said she was still mastering hitting the brakes.
“She just learned how to actually get on it and stay up on it,” said Jeff Busby, a cousin of the victim. “But the next step was learning how to brake.”
Friday night, the young girl was riding down an alley with a slight hill when she ended up on a very busy service road of the Marvin D. Love Freeway.
"She lost her balance and couldn't brake and rode onto the service road," Busby said. "She was just a sweet little girl. The family loved her. She never did nothing wrong."
The child was not wearing a helmet. Paramedics rushed her to Children’s Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
The driver did stop and was not charged with a crime. Police said the driver could not stop in time and called it an unfortunate accident.
On Saturday, friends laid flowers and balloons at a small memorial near where she died.
“My heart just went out to the whole family,” said Shirley Smith, a longtime friend of the family.