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Family of girl killed by passing motorist reveals 'new information'

Amiya Braxton was killed in October 2016 while getting off her school bus.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017 11:28 AM
Updated: Nov. 16, 2017 7:16 PM

PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) – The family of Amiya Braxton says they have uncovered and identified additional eyewitnesses following the death of Braxton in October 2016.

Braxton, 7, was killed on Oct. 4, 2016, while getting off her school bus in front of her home on Old Highway 9 in Pontotoc County. Law enforcement said the motorist came from behind the bus and veered down the should of the northbound lane instead of going into the opposite lane.

In September 2017, a Pontotoc County grand jury decided to not indict the driver who struck Braxton.

Her family says these additional eyewitnesses were uncovered independently through their own investigation.

“These witnesses have direct knowledge of the incident which occurred on Oct. 4, 2016, and have pledged to the family to make themselves available to a Pontotoc County grand jury to testify as to their knowledge of the incident,” stated the family.

The family says District Attorney John Weddle has “indicated he would reconsider presenting the case to a grand jury if additional information and evidence is uncovered.”

As a result, Braxton’s family believes their uncovering will help the case be reheard.

The names of these additional eyewitnesses were not made available to the media, but the family says the names have been turned over to all relevant law enforcement authorities.

Additionally, the family says it is circulating a petition through Pontotoc County in order for Braxton’s case to be represented to a grand jury.

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