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19-Month-Old Girl Dies After Being Struck by Vehicle in Hotel Parking Lot: ‘Tragic Scene’

The toddler has not been identified at this time, according to the Houston Police Department

  • A 19-month-old girl has died after she was struck by car in a Houston hotel parking lot Tuesday night, police said

  • Authorities said the toddler was struck while she wandered into the lot while she was briefly left alone

  • The 29-year-old driver was questioned and has not been charged

A 19-month-old girl died after she was struck by a car at a Houston hotel parking lot hotel Tuesday night, police said.

The fatal crash happened around 6:35 p.m. local time in the parking lot of HomeTowne Studios Houston-Northwest, the Houston Police Department said in a news release.

Authorities said on X (formerly known as Twitter) the child was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

According to police, two women were bringing children down a flight of stairs at the complex when one of the women dropped a cell phone.

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The Houston Chronicle reported that the hotel also serves as long-term housing for families. The relationship between the three remains unclear at this time.

"As the woman went to retrieve the phone, one of the children continued walking and went into the parking lot," the department said in the release. "At that time, a gray Chevrolet Impala struck the child."

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HPD commander Michael Chaney told NBC affiliate KPRC that the driver didn't see the toddler as she drove in the parking lot.

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The 29-year-old driver stopped, got out of her vehicle and attempted to render aid before paramedics arrived, per KPRC.

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Chaney offered his "prayers" to the child's family, calling it a "tragic scene," KPRC reported.

Police said the 29-year-old driver did not show any signs of intoxication. She was questioned and was released.

No charges have been filed, though an investigation is ongoing.

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