BATTLE GROUND, Wash. -- Words cannot describe the pain a father in Battle Ground is feeling. His 11-year-old daughter was hit and killed waiting for the bus Wednesday morning.
Elizabeth Smith's family says she had a million-dollar smile and an outgoing personality. Her father, Anthony Smith, says she was best friends with her younger sister, Sarah.
“She came up to me a couple weeks ago (and said), 'Dad, I hope you don’t mind but I’m going to take Sarah and jump in mud puddles,' " Smith said.
Neighbors and friends of both girls stopped by her house in Battle Ground to offer condolences.
The Clark County Sheriff’s office says Elizabeth was crossing the street to her bus stop when she was struck by a van driven by a 77-year-old man.
Her father says the world lost an outspoken girl who was just starting to grow up.
“She told us she had said to one boy, ‘Did you lose your number or did you forget to call me?' She didn't hold back no matter what. It didn't matter who you were," he said.
Neighbors say people drive too fast on Northeast 82nd Avenue, the street where Elizabeth was killed.
Other parents with children who wait at that bus stop say they've asked for it to be moved to a safer place.
The family is trying to raise money for Elizabeth’s funeral. Click the link to donate.