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6-year-old girl killed in South L.A. hit-and-run; driver sought

May 4, 2011 | 10:32 am

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This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

Police in South L.A. were looking Wednesday for the driver of a sport utility vehicle who struck and killed a 6-year-old girl running across the street after a ball, authorities said.

Child-Killed2 Witnesses told police a black, older-model SUV with tinted windows hit Kemberly Arrue about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday as she crossed the street near West 49th Place and Hoover Street.

The driver drove away, police said.

Kemberly was lying on the ground unresponsive when paramedics arrived. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police believe the SUV's right headlight was damaged in the accident, said Sgt. Samuel Mark of the Los Angeles Police Department.

“If anybody has any information, or if the person who did it turned themselves in, it would be much better for them,” Mark said. “Had they stayed at the location, it would not have been a crime at all.”

For the record, 11:47 a.m. May 4 : A previous version of this post spelled the victim's name as Kimberly. It is Kemberly.

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Photo: Diana Arrue, 16, to at center, the elder sister of the hit-and-run victim, Kemberly Arrue, is comforted by chruch and family members at her home in South L.A. Police are looking for the driver of a dark-colored or black sport utility vehicle with front-end damage that struck and killed the 6-year-old Tuesday evening. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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