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News Release

Saturday, July 15, 2006

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Toddler Dies from Fatal Traffic Accident

Los Angeles: On July 15, 2006 at about 12:20 PM a 20 month-old female toddler was hit by her uncle's vehicle while he was backing out of his driveway at the 1300 block of West 251st Street in Harbor City.

The uncle told officers he was just about to back the vehicle out of the driveway when he saw the child run out of the house towards the alley. The uncle knew the child's father was standing in the alley and assumed the child was clear of the vehicle. The child's father watched as his daughter was struck by the vehicle. He attempted to warn the uncle but was unable to stop him in time.

The child sustained major head trauma and was taken to Harbor UCLA hospital where she died from the injuries she received.

Detectives advised Department of Children and Family Services for a referral of possible child neglect.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact South Traffic Detective Section at 323-290-6063. On weekends and during off-hours call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).