Tragedy struck this holiday weekend at the Riviera Beach Marina when a 4-year-old-girl was hit by a truck driven by a relative.
According to police, the victim, Kynlee Meharg of Byron, Ga., was struck at approximately 9 a.m. Saturday morning. She was quickly rushed to nearby St. Mary's Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, said Rose Ann Brown, Riviera Beach Police spokeswoman.
Meharg's mother, Elizabeth Meharg, granted a brief phone interview, but offered little comment.
"I feel like my whole world's fallen apart," she said. "There's nothing I can do."
The accident unfolded in a bizarre series of events. Frank Scala, 42, of West Palm Beach, is said to be a relative of the Mehargs, but the relationship has not been disclosed. Scala was driving a 2013 Chevrolet pickup in the east parking lot of the marina at about 9 a.m. Young Kynlee was standing near the truck with her father, Sean Meharg, 32, who was unloading supplies from the truck, when she was struck.
The case is still under investigation with the Riviera Beach Police; however, it does not appear that alcohol or drugs were involved in the incident. Spokeswoman Brown does not recall such a tragedy occurring at the marina in her 20 year tenure, despite the busy traffic area where the marina parking lot is located.
If you or someone you know has information that can help in this case, you are encouraged to call the Riviera Beach Police (561-854-4123) or Crime Stoppers (800-458-8477).