RICHLAND -- A Richland High School girl hit by a car 10 days ago while crossing a street to attend a school event died Friday at Kadlec Medical Regional Center.
Sixteen-year-old Sierra Rose Murray of Richland had been at the hospital with a head injury since the 6:35 p.m. accident Oct. 20 on Thayer Drive at Longfitt Street. Murray was crossing toward the high school while George Templeton, 58, of West Richland was driving north.
Police said it appeared neither the driver nor Murray saw each other prior to the accident, and Templeton has been cooperating on the investigation.
Murray had surgery for her injury, and was listed in critical condition for a week before she died.
School principal Tim Praino said Murray, a junior, was well loved and had "tons of friends."
She had been mentoring a student at the school library hours before the accident, and was interested in being a teacher, the principal told the Herald.
Murray had been a choir student who was on her way to the school that night for a fall choral concert, Praino said.
"The students have been mourning since this happened. We will continue to have counseling available for staff and students this week," Praino said.
Murray was born in Richland and lived her entire life in the Tri-Cities.
Einan's Funeral Home, Richland, is in charge of arrangements.
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