12-Year-Old Girl Killed in Novato Bicycle Accident is Identified

By: Sylvia Ramirez - Fri, 28 Sep 2012 19:18:22 -0800

NOVATO (BCN)--The Marin County coroner's office is identifying the Novato girl who died Thursday afternoon when her bicycle collided with an SUV as 12-year-old Hailey Ratliff.
Coroner's office Lt. Keith Boyd said an autopsy was scheduled for Friday.
Ratliff was riding west on Novato Boulevard west of Sutro Avenue when she was struck in the roadway by an eastbound SUV around 3 p.m., Novato police said.
The name of the driver has not been released, but he stopped and cooperated with the investigation, Sgt. Jennifer Welch said.
There were no signs of impairment or traffic violations Thursday afternoon, Welch said.
More information about the collision will be available early nextweek as the traffic unit continues its investigation, Welch said. Any witnesses are asked to contact the Novato Police Department.
Ratliff was rushed to Novato Community Hospital and was then flown to Oakland Children's Hospital and Research Center, where she died at about 5:30 p.m., Welch said.
Ratliff's first day of school at Sinaloa Middle School was Aug.22, Novato Unified School District
spokeswoman Leslie Benjamin said.
Her family reportedly recently moved from Albuquerque, N.M.
Counselors were available for students and staff this on Friday, Benjamin said.
They were informed of Ratliff's death during their first-period class, a school spokeswoman said.
Novato Unified School District Superintendent Shalee Cunningham said, "The entire Novato community is shocked and saddened by the tragic death of one of our students, Hailey Ratliff, a seventh-grader at Sinaloa Middle School."
Cunningham said counselors will be at three schools next week.
"We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family," Cunningham said.
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