Teen driver hits, kills child in car wash parking lot

A child was hit and killed by a vehicle Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A 2-year-old girl was struck and killed by a vehicle on the northwest side of the city Sunday evening, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

It happened around 6 p.m. at Always Shining Hand Car War at 38th Street and Moller Road.

Police say the car wash is a family owned business and the little girl had gone with her dad to work.

A 17-year-old car wash employee picking up his paycheck told police he accidentally hit and killed the 2-year-old. He told police he saw children playing in the parking lot and stopped his vehicle to let them pass.

Believing the children had moved from in front of him, he drove forward.

“I think he was proceeding cautiously and stopped because he recognized that children were playing,” said IMPD’s Lt. Richard Riddle. “He thought that all the children had moved out of his way. Unfortunately, one did not.”

The 17-year-old hit and killed the 2-year-old girl.

When Kevin Booker saw police swarming his friend’s car wash he immediately came out to find out what was happening.

“He [the girl’s father] was in tears. He was crying. He’s upset. He could hardly speak. He kept saying, ‘My daughter, my daughter.’ I said, ‘Is she okay?’ He said, ‘No, she’s gone,'” said Booker.

Police say the 17 year old driver is fully cooperating with investigators. He was taken to Eskenazi Hospital for a blood test, which authorities say is standard procedure in incidents involving serious injury or death. They say they don’t believe drugs or alcohol were a factor. Police say they believe it was nothing short of a tragic accident.

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