Child struck, killed while trick-or-treating in Decatur - FOX 35 News Orlando

Child struck, killed while trick-or-treating in Decatur

Posted: Updated:
Autumn Mack died after being struck by a vehicle while trick-or-treating. Autumn Mack died after being struck by a vehicle while trick-or-treating.
DECATUR, Ga. -

Halloween turned tragic in one DeKalb County neighborhood Thursday.  Police said a 5-year-old child was struck and killed while trick-or-treating in Decatur.

Authorities said the little girl, who has been identified as Autumn Mack, was struck around 7 p.m. in the Chapel Hill subdivision on Pepperdine Court, located south of Flat Shoals Park. Police say Autumn was crossing the street while trick-or-treating and was struck by a minivan.

Sandra Young told FOX 5 that her sister was turning out onto the street when the girl, who was coming to Young's house to trick-or-treat, ran out in front of a parked SUV and into the path of her moving minivan.

Autumn was transported to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston where she died, according to DeKalb County police.

Police say neither speed nor alcohol appears to be factors in the crash, and the woman who was driving the car is not expected to face charges.  They say it was simply a tragic accident.

Autumn was a kindergartner at Chapel Hill Elementary School.  Grief counselors were on hand on Friday helping students and staff members deal with her loss.

"I never ever thought in a million years my baby would be gone," said Yolanda Jones, Autumn's mother.

A fund has been established to help pay the funeral expenses. Donations can be made to the "Autumn Saniya Mack Memorial Fund" at any Wells Fargo location.

  • More Local NewsMore>>

  • Man leads Rockdale Deputies on 100mph chase

    Man leads Rockdale Deputies on 100mph chase

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:20 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:20:03 GMT
    A South Carolina man fleeing from deputies crashed his car and had to be pulled from the wreckage after it burst into flames.
    A South Carolina man fleeing from deputies crashed his car and had to be pulled from the wreckage after it burst into flames.
  • Manchester High evacuated over 'text message' bomb threat

    Manchester High evacuated over 'text message' bomb threat

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:36:51 GMT
    Students at Manchester High School were evacuated from the building late Wednesday morning following a reported bomb threat.
    Students at Manchester High School were evacuated from the building late Wednesday morning following a reported bomb threat.
  • Use of force 'not justified' in officer shooting of Bartow teen

    Use of force 'not justified' in officer shooting of Bartow teen

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:20 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:20:30 GMT
    A Bartow County Grand Jury has stated that the use of deadly force in the February shooting of a teen was 'not justified'. Christopher Roupe, 17, was fatally shot by Euharlee officer who claimed the teen answered the door with a gun.
    A Bartow County Grand Jury has stated that the use of deadly force in the February shooting of a teen was 'not justified'. Christopher Roupe, 17, was fatally shot by Euharlee officer who claimed the teen answered the door with a gun.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices