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Toddler killed, mother severely injured in Anaheim hit-and-run

February 9, 2012 |  8:15 am

This post has been updated. See the note below for details.

Authorities were looking Thursday for the driver who struck and killed a 3-year-old girl and critically injured her mother in Anaheim.

The mother, a 26-year-old Anaheim woman, was pushing her daughter across the street in a stroller Wednesday evening at the crosswalk at Gilbert Street and Guinada Lane when they were hit by the 1995 Nissan Maxima that officials say may have been stolen.

[Updated, 8:58 a.m. Feb. 9: Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino confirmed that the car was reported stolen out of Stanton.]

The driver left the vehicle near the scene and fled on foot. Police later recovered the car.

The girl was pronounced dead at a hospital. Her mother was listed in critical condition at UC Irvine Medical Center.

Witnesses told KTLA-TV that the impact of the crash sent the mother about 40 feet to the middle of the street. The body of the child and pieces of the stroller were sent an additional 30 feet to the curb.

"We only saw the mother," witness Gloria Gonzalez told the TV station. "Not realizing, my husband turned around and said, 'Oh my God, there's a child!'"

Anyone with information is asked to call the California Highway Patrol at 949-559-7888.

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