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Girl, 6, dies after being hit by pickup

ROLLA, N.D. — A 6-year-old girl died Tuesday when she was struck by a truck while crossing the road on her bicycle in Rolla, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Kee Leigh Chase is the third bicyclist this year to be fatally hit on North Dakota roads. The accident occurred four days after Portland, N.D., triathlete Lisa Knudson was rear-ended while bicycling on state Highway 200 outside Finley.

Ronald Mackinnon, 72, of Rolla, was driving a Chevrolet Colorado west on U.S. Highway 281 around 6:25 p.m. Tuesday when Kee Leigh rode across the highway, the patrol said.

Mackinnon was checking his rear-view mirror and could not avoid the girl by the time he saw her, the patrol said.

Medical responders pronounced her dead at the scene.

Charges will not be filed against Mackinnon, according to the patrol.

The Rolla Police Department, Rollette County Sheriff’s Department and Rolla Fire Department responded to the accident.

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