Family remembers deaf 3-year-old hit by truck in March

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email
Ziyon Green

Ziyon Green died after running under a logging truck on Highway 56 in Waynesboro on Thursday. (WRDW-TV / March 8, 2012)

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Sunday, April 8, 2012

WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- One month ago, a deaf 3-year-old girl was hit and killed by a logging truck on Highway 56 in Waynesboro. Little Ziyon Green was playing with another toddler in the yard when deputies say she ran across the street and under the back tires of a truck.

Her family filled Waynesboro City Park to remember her Sunday night.

Many questions about her death still linger one month later. Her great-grandmother Mary Frances Nair just wants to know how it happened.

"I wish to God I know how it happened," she said. "How did she get to that road and how did she get to that truck? How did she not see that truck?"

The loss of Ziyon still hasn't gotten any easier for anyone in the family.

"It hurts us now," Nair said. "Like I say, it's a pill we can't swallow right now. It still hurts."

The family says the little girl is now their angel.

"I know she's somewhere watching over to make sure I do right," said her father, Cornelius Green.

They shared stories, released balloons and lit candles in her memory.

"It's a touching moment right now, but we gotta keep going," Green said.

Sandra Nair, Ziyon's grandmother, can't believe it has already been a month.

"It left too quick, too soon without even knowing anything," she said. It hit us so hard; it was an impact on us."

An impact this family will never forget and one Mary Frances says still hits her everyday.

"The little toys and clothes and stuff I got at the house remind me of her everyday," she said.

But she says she's thankful for the time she did get to spend with Ziyon.

"God gave us our angel for three years and two months and Lord I wish I could've had the rest of her life and the rest of mine to be with her," she said.

There are still a lot of questions. We are told that DFACS is currently investigating the situation. No charges have been filed at this point.

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