Teenage runner killed in Geneseo

Claire Allen (Courtesy of The Livingston County News)

GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) –– Authorities say a 14-year-old has been struck and killed by a vehicle as she was running along a road in western New York.

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office says the teen was running with a friend on Route 39 just outside the village of Geneseo when she was hit by a vehicle late Thursday afternoon. The friend wasn’t injured.

The teen has been identified as Claire Allen, a freshman in the Geneseo Central School District. She was was running with a teammate during cross country practice on Thursday around 4:30 p.m.

On Friday, Geneseo superintendent Tim Hayes released the following statement:

Claire was a ninth grader who was amazingly bright and energetic. She was an incredibly kind and gentle friend to her classmates. She was involved in many activities in our school and community. This tragedy has deeply impacted us all.

We have counseling support readily available for all of our students and staff today and if needed throughout the weekend.

The teammate who was with Allen was not injured.

Deputies say the driver is cooperating in the investigation. The driver’s name is not yet being released by investigators.

“What exactly put her in the roadway is being investigated,” Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty said. “It appears [to be] a horrible accident.”

Counselors are available for students and staff at the middle and high schools.

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