New details in death of A&M student killed by garbage truck

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Published: Jun. 20, 2017 at 7:09 PM CDT
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New details are emerging on how a Texas A&M Student was killed by a City of College Station garbage truck.

Alannah Ritch died in the accident on September 8, 2016.

Her mother spoke with News 3 for the first time Tuesday and told us how she's working to keep her legacy alive.

"Our hearts are still broken," said Kathi Ritch of San Marcos.

Her 21-year -old- daughter Alannah was heading to campus from the Southside neighborhood, when she was killed by a College Station garbage truck.

"We don't know exactly how it happened, but we do know the truck driver ran over her and her bike. She was on her bike riding to school and she was just innocently riding to school and he actually backed over her," Ritch said.

For months the exact details of how Alannah died weren't revealed.

An accident report just obtained by KBTX shows diagrams of the crash but no summary of how it happened.

"All we can imagine and this is conjecture is he just wasn't looking he had a backup camera in the truck and he had side mirrors," said Ritch.

Our cars these days have a backup camera for an extra layer of safety. And many garbage trucks have a similar system as well.

Alannah's family believes she should have been visible on her bicycle as the driver was backing up.

“He didn’t realize he had run over her. They said the truck was really, the police said the truck must have been you know really loud grinding up the trash and stuff and he didn’t feel or see that he had run over her. So the witnesses heard a scream and they came and must have heard it had to be her screaming," said Ritch.

The family sued the City of College Station and settled.

Last November the city council authorized a deal not to exceed $250,000.

Documents claim the city was negligent in its actions, which the city denies.

"Alannah knew from the time she was about a freshman in high school that she wanted to go to Texas A&M University and she just loved it with all her heart. And if we can keep her memory alive there that's very important to us," she said.

The family is working to raise $25,000 for a memorial scholarship fund at Texas A&M. Last month for Alannah's birthday more than $12,000 was raised at a 5-K walk and run in San Marcos.

If you are interested in supporting the scholarship you can contact the Texas A&M Association of Former Students.