Geneseo School District identifies teen killed after being hit by car
Geneseo, N.Y. (WHAM) - We are learning new information about a tragic accident that killed a 14-year-old Geneseo High School freshman on her second day of school.
The Geneseo Central School District says Claire Allen was practicing cross country with a teammate on Route 39 around 4:30 Thursday afternoon when she was struck and killed by a 51-year-old Holly Mullen of Geneseo.
Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty says it is likely Mullen will not face any charges. He called the entire situation a, "horrible, horrible accident."
The district says Claire Allen was a ninth grader who was "amazingly bright and energetic." The district added that she was an incredibly kind and gentle friend to her classmates and was involved in many activities in the school and in the community.
Kim Sanford teaches riding lessons to women at SUNY Geneseo. The stable where she works is also right at the scene of the accident.
"I heard sirens, then the sirens stopped right in front of us," Sanford told 13WHAM News. "My husband had seen the girls going down the road and he had turned in just a couple minutes before. It breaks your heart, is what it does. Any young life, it's just terrible. I cannot imagine what the family is going through."
The father of Claire Allen is also a professor at SUNY Geneseo, another community mourning right now. The University released the following statement:
To the Campus Community,
We were all saddened to hear about the tragic death yesterday of Claire Allen, daughter of Jim Allen, a faculty colleague in the Department of Psychology. I know that we will all want to offer Jim, his wife, Debbie, and their son, Paul, our support and sympathy during this most difficult time for the family. I had an opportunity to visit with Jim and can share that he is being well-supported by a close circle of friends. The family asks that you respect their privacy at this time.
Calling hours are pending and details about memorials will follow.
Denise A. Battles
The Geneseo Central School District is offering counseling support to all of their students and staff Friday and throughout the weekend.