'Meadow's family members are hoping someone will come forward'

Meadow Boyd (via the Jackson County Sheriff's Office)

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. - Meadow Grace Boyd was the youngest of 4 children from a close-knit family.

The 13-year-old Oregon girl liked climbing rocks and reading, and spending time with her dog Wicket.

She loved horses.

Meadow died Monday after being hit by a passing vehicle as she waited at the end of her driveway for the school bus, Jackson County Sheriff's Office investigators believe.

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"She was struck by a vehicle part or other object extending from the side of a vehicle," the sheriff's office said Wednesday as investigators narrowed their focus in to the investigation into Meadow's death. "Possible examples include, but are NOT limited to, a side mirror, top or side mounted racks, trailer parts, or cargo items."

The sheriff's office said detectives thank everyone who has already called in or provided surveillance video for review. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call (541) 774-6800.

"Investigators believe it is likely a driver would be aware he or she struck something on the side of the road," the sheriff's office said in a statement. "The driver may not, however, have realized the object was a person. Several trash cans lined the edge of the roadway in the same area where Meadow had been standing. The incident occurred before sunrise; conditions were dark and foggy."

Detectives have been in contact with Meadow's family. On Wednesday, they shared details about the 13-year-old girl's life - and an appeal from her family.

"While Meadow was small in stature, her family described her as a 'protector' - someone who helped and supported people who were bullied," the sheriff's office said in a statement. "Meadow's family members are hoping someone will come forward with information to help them understand what happened to her."