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Family grieves loss of nine-year-old Salem girl

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SALEM, Ohio – On Tuesday, the driver suspected in the fatal hit and run accident that killed a nine-year-old girl in Salem is expected in court.

That is the same day that Olivia Thompson's family will bury the young girl.

"Our daughter was an angel. I can't say anymore," said Billy Thompson, Olivia's father.

Olivia's parents are shattered at the mere thought that their daughter, who was the light of their lives, is gone.

"My daughter was a very outgoing, bubbly little girl. Never knew a stranger, she never met a stranger. She always said hi to everybody," said Beth Thompson, Olivia's mother.

The Reilly Elementary 4th grader died after she was struck by a hit and run driver while crossing East State Street in Salem with a friend on Friday night.

Now the driver of that vehicle, 27-year-old Todd Roberts, is charged with failing to stop in an accident that caused the death of another; a felony of the third degree. Additional charges could follow.

Meanwhile on Monday, Olivia's classmates were given time to meet with counselors and make cards in her memory.

Students and staff plan to wear bright colors to school on Tuesday, not black, in honor of her life.

More support in the form of a memorial of stuffed animals and balloons lay near the scene just outside State Street Tattoo. The tattoo parlor is now donating 20-percent of its profits to help the Thompson family.

"The well wishes that have come in and the support is just incredible. I will never forget any of this," Beth Thompson said.

The Thompson's will lay their daughter to rest on Tuesday. Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Broadway Avenue at 5:00 p.m. Calling hours will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and will take place at church.

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