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5-year-old girl dies after struck by vehicle in alleged hit-and-run in Cleveland

Police say the driver has been identified as a 17-year-old girl.

CLEVELAND — A 5-year-old girl has died after Cleveland police say she was struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run incident Saturday afternoon.

It was around 6:20 p.m. when police say the child "ran out from between two parked vehicles on the west side of West 50th Street" when she was struck by a dark-colored four-door sedan.

Police say the driver did not stop after striking the child.

The child, who has not yet been identified, was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center where she died hours later.

Police say the driver has been identified as a 17-year-old girl.

"After further investigation, a female was taken into custody a vehicle was towed in connection with this incident," police said while providing an update Sunday morning.

Saturday night, police had said the vehicle's passenger had been detained.

"Preliminary information indicates that the passenger of the vehicle that struck the child returned to the scene," police said.

Editor's note: Cleveland police had initially reported the child was 6 years old. This story has been updated to reflect the corrected age, which was provided Sunday morning.

The Refugee Response has joined with the Congolese community in Greater Cleveland to gather donations to help pay for the child's funeral. 100% of the donations, outside of PayPal's fees, will go to her family. Click here to donate.


Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in an unrelated story on April 21, 2022.

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