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Teen succumbs to injuries after being hit by vehicle last Thursday

A Festus teenager who was injured when she was hit by a vehicle following a fireworks display in Crystal City last Thursday has succumbed to her injuries.

13-year-old Karli Payne passed away on Monday afternoon.

Payne was reportedly crossing Highway 61 on foot from the St. Pius High School Campus to Surdyke Motorsports when she was struck by the vehicle.

Crystal City Police Captain Mike Pruneau says a thorough investigation was conducted and they did not find any evidence of negligence on the drivers end.

Payne was transported by ambulance to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis where she later passed away.

According to Captain Pruneau they don’t have plans on submitting criminal charges against the driver at this time.


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