(BAYHAM, ON) – Members of the Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a Bayham Ontario address at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 11, 2017, to a report of a child struck by a vehicle.

OPP investigators discovered that a 6-year-old girl was running next to a vehicle on private property when she was struck by the SUV. The child was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

The child has been identified as 6-year-old Melissa KLASSEN from Norwich Township, Ontario.  The investigation into the circumstances leading up to the collision remains under investigation by the Elgin County Crime Unit and OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators (TTCI).

The family is requesting complete privacy during this extremely difficult time.

“This is a tragic incident and our hearts go out to those involved. This must serve as a reminder to all of the dangers associated to, and the caution required around moving vehicles.” – Acting Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant M. Butler.