Henry County High School student Miracle Parham was struck by a Saturn on Jonesboro Road, just east of Rosewood Drive, at 7:20 a.m. She was in the middle of the road when she was hit by the eastbound vehicle, Maj. Jason Bolton said.
Miracle was walking to her school bus stop when she encountered the dog, which witnesses described as a pit bull, Bolton said. Witnesses told police the dog was approaching her aggressively, prompting Miracle to back up into the street, Bolton said.
Miracle was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Saturn driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to Henry Medical Center for evaluation, Bolton said.
A 14-year-old girl, who was reportedly trying to get away from an aggressive pit bull, was hit by a car and killed in McDonough Tuesday morning, Henry County Police said.
"I don't think they're going to be at fault," Bolton said of the unidentified driver. "She was in the center of the road.
"We're trying to establish who owns the dog," he added. "We think we might know the house the dog came from."
Letting a dog roam is an ordinance violation, Bolton said. Police also might pursue criminal charges against the dog owner, depending on what the investigation reveals.
"It's still early in the investigation -- we're looking into the possibility," Bolton said. "There is a potential for charges to be filed, but we've got to establish several criteria."