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10-year-old girl killed by suspected drunk driver in South L.A.

July 5, 2012 |  9:33 am

Approximate location of incident shown in black.

A 10-year-old girl was killed in unincorporated South L.A. after she and her father were struck by a hit-and-run driver later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said Thursday.

Chekina Duran was on 64th Street west of Hooper Avenue in Florence with her father, Antonio Duran, 56, when they were struck by an SUV just before 9 p.m. Wednesday, the CHP said.

The SUV had just hit a parked car and was driving in reverse when it ran over the girl and hit her father, officials said.

The Durans were taken to St. Francis Hospital, where Chekina later died, officials said. Her father suffered minor injuries.

The driver of the SUV initially fled but was followed by a witness and later returned to the scene, CHP said.

Authorities arrested Juan Cazares, 58, on charges of vehicular manslaughter, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs causing injury or death, hit and run causing injury or death, and assault with a deadly weapon.

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-- Kate Mather
twitter.com/katemather

Image: Approximate location of the incident is shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.

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