2-year-old girl fatally struck by SUV at Staten Island shopping center parking lot

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STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK, NY – Police said a toddler died after being hit by a vehicle on Staten Island Friday afternoon, the Staten Island Advance reports.

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(Photo from the Staten Island Advance)

The accident happened at a shopping center at 1351 Forest Avenue near Veltman Avenue in the Port Richmond section of the borough, where police arrived at the scene at about 1:45 p.m. According to investigators, a 2-year-old girl walked in front of a Ford Explorer as the driver was leaving the parking lot of a Stop and Shop store. The child was hit by the SUV and knocked to the sidewalk, then was run over by the vehicle. She was pronounced dead after being rushed to Richmond University Medical Center in West Brighton. The victim was a resident of Mariners Harbor.

The driver of the Ford Explorer, a 69-year-old woman, stayed at the scene of the accident.

The NYPD’s Highway Patrol Collision Investigation Squad is looking into the cause of the crash and so far no charges have been filed.

Part of Forest Avenue and the entrance to the shopping center were shut down as police and paramedics responded to the scene.

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