NewsArizona News


Police: 5-year-old killed after being struck by tour bus in Phoenix

Posted at 8:06 AM, Mar 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-05 00:42:41-05

Police say a 5-year-old girl is dead after being struck by a tour bus in Phoenix Friday night.

Officers were called to a hotel parking lot near Interstate 17 and Northern Avenue around 10:45 p.m. after receiving reports of a crash. 

According to a police spokesperson, a 5-year-old girl ran from a hotel room and into the parking lot. A tour bus was driving in the parking lot at a low rate of speed when the girl ran into the rear driver's side of the bus and was accidentally run over.

On Sunday, police identified the girl as Makinzie Johnson. She died at the scene, officials confirmed.

"Don't let this happen to your family," said Makinzie's cousin Rico Walker. "Cherish your kids. Cherish your family. Make sure you do right by them and make sure you protect them."

Makinzie's 8-year-old sister Mariah Johnson told ABC15 she was going to miss her sister very much. 

"She was sweet and kind," said Mariah. "Every time I come from school she would always come and hug me."

The driver of the bus that struck Makinzie showed no signs of impairment and charges are not being recommended.

SheaLyn Cornelius, who is engaged to marry Makinzie's dad, said the couple was unaware of Makinzie's whereabouts in the days before her death. She says the girl's mom had claimed they were on vacation.

The family has started a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral expenses.