Idlewood Elementary School student dies after being struck by car

Clarkston City Hall and Police Department. Photo by Dean Hesse

Clarkston, GA — Apendeki Masanga, 7, died after being struck by a vehicle on April 10. Masanga was a student at Idlewood Elementary School in Tucker.

A police report said the child darted out into traffic near Montreal Road and Montreal Creek Circle in Clarkston. Masanga was treated on the scene and later died of internal injuries, reported the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Masanga is one of eight children, including a twin brother. According to a Go Fund Me page, the twins “went everywhere together and were in the same class at school.” Masanga spoke Swahili and English, and loved sharing her culture with classmates.

Idlewood Elementary counselor Denisha M. Brown posted on social media that she loves all of her students, but Masanga held a special place in her heart.

“She gave the best hugs, her laugh was contagious, her smile and personality was like none other. She was the best helper to her classmates, teacher and me as her counselor,” Brown wrote.

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