Girl, 6, Killed By Car While Walking To Halloween Party
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Updated 10/30/11 – 4:44 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) – A stroll to a Halloween party turned deadly for a 6-year-old girl on Saturday in the Englewood neighborhood. She was struck and killed by a car as she crossed the street with her god-sister.
As CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports, Diamond Robinson, 6, was crossing the street in the 7000 block of South Loomis Boulevard around 8:20 p.m. Saturday when she began crossing the street with her 16-year-old god-sister and they were hit by a car.
Diamond was pronounced dead at 10:46 p.m. Saturday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
Chris Jackson couldn’t seem to stop the tears talking about his niece on Sunday.
“She gone and she ain’t coming back no more. I can’t even hug my niece no more and tell her how much I loved her,” Jackson said.
A makeshift memorial was put up near the spot where the accident occurred. Diamond and four friends were on their way to a Halloween party when she was hit.
“She was a very happy young girl. Our little girl, she loved school, she loved her little brothers,” said Diamond’s great grandmother, Jeanette Tucker.
Diamond was holding the hand of her 16-year-old god-sister when they were both hit by a car. There is no stop sign at the intersection where they were hit.
“From me holding her hand, it yanked me too, Diamond’s god-sister, Vantaysia Chisolm, said.
Chisolm suffered a broken arm and leg. She said they didn’t notice the car approaching until it was too late.
“When we was going, it was speeding real fast and we couldn’t move in time,” Chisolm said. “She was still trying to run across as I was trying to pull her back and he had already hit her.”
Police identified the driver as 36-year-old Thomas Young, of the 6700 block of South Normal Avenue. He was ticketed for failing to yield to a pedestrian and driving too fast for conditions. Police said he pulled over after the accident and cooperated fully with authorities.
“It means that he was thoughtful of his actions, you know, and he didn’t just leave the girls laying there in the street, you know, by themselves; and that’s appreciated,” Tucker said. “The rest of it, let the law take care of it. You know, we’re not going to stand in judgment of anybody.”
“Every time I come in the door, she be the first one up … ‘Are you home from work? I love you,’” Jackson recalled.
An autopsy was scheduled for Monday. The Police Major Accident Investigation Unit was investigating the accident.