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A 4-year-old girl was killed and her young brother was left fighting for his life in Los Angeles after a deadly hit-and-run.
The Los Angeles Police said in a statement that the fatal crash occurred Friday night around 8:23 p.m.
The two children, identified by The Los Angeles Times as Jayda, 4, and Robbie, 4, had been traveling with their father, Robert Sanchez, in a truck, when a white vehicle made a U-turn in front of their truck, causing Sanchez to swerve out of the way.
Police said Sanchez’s truck veered into oncoming traffic and ran off the road before colliding with several trees and a light post.
“The driver of the white vehicle did not stop and identify themselves or render aid,” police said.
Jayda was pronounced dead at an area hospital, while police said her older brother and father remain hospitalized in critical condition.
“My son, he’s fighting for his life and my daughter lost hers,” the children’s mother, Adrianna Rodriguez, told KCBS-TV.
According to Rodriguez, her daughter had fought for her life as a newborn after she was born two months premature.
“Thirty-nine days in the hospital and this is how she gets” she said, of her daughter’s tragic death just four years later.
Jayda’s sister, Jaylin Medina, told the news outlet her sister loved to paint her nails, play with dolls and spend time with her cousins.
The family is now urging the driver responsible for the crash to come forward.
“Whoever did this, please come clean, turn yourself in. Took a poor innocent baby,” she said.
A spokesperson from the Los Angeles Police Department told Oxygen.com that as of Tuesday, no arrests have been made in the case.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the Los Angeles Police South Traffic Division at 323-421-2500. Tips can also be provided anonymously.
A reward of up to $50,000 may be offered in the case.
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