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3-year-old trick-or-treater in hospital after Halloween hit-and-run

A 3-year-old trick-or-treater and her mother remained in the hospital Monday after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in South L.A., authorities said.

The two were not using a crosswalk as they walked across 77th Street near Stanford Avenue about 6:30 Halloween night when a red Toyota struck them, seriously injuring the young child, said Det. Sandra Smith of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The driver slowed down after hitting them, then drove on, police said. According to reports, the contents of the girl's bucket of candy were strewn across the street

Police are asking anyone with information about the hit-and-run to call detectives at (213) 485-7336.

-- Robert Faturechi

Photo: LAPD via KTLA

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oh god, how sad. this toddler's life may be changed forever and someone just drove off with her candy strewn in the street. i hope the little girl recovers fully, and i hope the fool that hit her is haunted in his or her dreams by the image of what happened last night.

As with most pedestrian-vehicle collisions, this was easily avoided. Before crossing a street, always use a crosswalk and always look for oncoming traffic. This mother should be charged with child endangerment along with all adult who bolt across a street with a kid.

yeah...but by all means this idiot should have stopped...i mean why do paople do that to themselves...someone illegally crossed the street, although the driver did hit the child, most likely wouldnt have been charged...now......u made urself a case.

How sad for this girl and her mother, I pray she is okay. Drivers like this are idiots and fools and I hope they catch the person. Depending on the situation there does not have to be a crosswalk for a pedestrian to cross the street and have the right of way in California,obviously crosswalks are marked and are more safe. So if anything the mom might have only used poor judgement and now she and her daughter are paying the consequences.

Yes they should have crossed properly , but the driver still should have stopped.

What lesson was this mother teaching her child? That it's o.k. to jaywalk? 13 year-old was killed in my neighborhood earlier this year after her mother urged her to cross Sunset Blvd. on a red light to catch her school bus. She had the audacity to go on t.v. asking police to ticket speeders. There was no one speeding...it was just her daughter jaywalking. People, especially parents, must be held responsible for jaywalking and for teaching their children to jaywalk. Jaywalker should be getting more tickets and these mothers should be arrested.


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