12-year-old girl hit by two cars while on Go-Kart dies, family says

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A 12-year-old girl has died after she was hit by two vehicles while riding her go-kart Thursday night in north Charlotte, family said.

Police told Channel 9 that Cierra Mitchell was driving her Go-Kart around 9 p.m. through the intersection of Greene Street and West Sugar Creek.

That's when they said Mitchell failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with the front of car.

The girl was thrown from the Go-Kart and then struck by a second car. Police said she was not wearing a helmet.

Paramedics rushed the 12-year-old to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash, according to police. No one has been charged.

Family members told Channel 9 Mitchell is in a coma.

Neighbors said they have seen Mitchell and her relatives and friends operate the go-kart for weeks on Greene Street.

"You've got to wait for all the cars to get out of sight before you can cross that road. It is dangerous," VeElla Massey said. "The way that cart is low to the ground there is no way a car can see you."

The driver of the first vehicle that struck Mitchell told Channel 9 he is haunted by the image of hitting her. He said he had no time to react.

Neighbors said they wish they told Mitchell to stop operating the go-kart on the street.

"I wanted to say something, but I was scared to," Massey said.

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