Child Dies After Being Struck by Car

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Authorities say that a young girl who was struck by a car last weekend has died of her injuries.

A car struck three-year-old Elia Heredia-Portillo on Sunday morning near 16th & Washington Blvd. The toddler was returning home with her mom and two older siblings from a New Year's Eve celebration with family when she was hit She was taken to the hospital where she later died.

Family and friends are saddened by the loss of the toddler.

"She was a bundle of joy," said Carmen Lorenzana. "She was filled with love and a lot of energy.  She was always running around and wanted to hug."

Police say the driver didn't see the child n the street because a street lights in the neighborhood were out because of a wreck 24 hours earlier. They won't speculate if working street lights might have prevented the girl's death.

Dave Mehlhaff works with the Board of Public Utilities. He says street lights are normally fixed the next business day. Since it was a holiday weekend, what happened on Saturday wasn't fixed until Tuesday.

"That's something we would not get a crew out to right away on the street lights," Mehlhaff said. "On stop lights it's a little bit different. Outages to homes and businesses are different circumstances.

Police reconstruction experts were back at the scene on Tuesday. Police say the driver who hit the girl ws not drunk and that it appears this was a tragic accident.

The accident is still under investigation, but it's likely no charges will be filed.



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