Charges un­likely in girl’s death

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - NEWS - LOUIS PIN

No charges are ex­pected in the death of Melissa Klassen, a six-year-old struck while run­ning be­side an SUV at a ru­ral home.

Melissa was one of six sib­lings who lived with their par­ents, Pete and Trudy Klassen, in Spring­ford, near Till­son­burg. She was also loved by many aunts, un­cles and cousins, ac­cord­ing to an on­line memo­rial.

She was struck by the ve­hi­cle Mon­day in Bay­ham, though the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the in­ci­dent re­main un­clear. She was rushed to hos­pi­tal, where she died.

Fam­ily mem­bers couldn’t be reached for com­ment.

The in­ci­dent isn’t con­sid­ered sus­pi­cious and charges are un­likely, OPP Sgt. Dave Rek­tor said. He called it a sen­si­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“It’s kind of a del­i­cate bal­ance try­ing to pro­tect the vic­tims in­volved in this,” Rek­tor said. “The truth is it hap­pened on pri­vate prop­erty. The child was run­ning be­side the ve­hi­cle and the ve­hi­cle struck the child.”

A vis­i­ta­tion for Melissa is slated for Thurs­day at the Os­tran­der Fu­neral Home in Till­son­burg. A fu­neral will be held Fri­day in the ad­join­ing chapel.

Melissa Klassen

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