Girl, 6, Dies After Car Hits Her

Driver stays at scene, gets several tickets

Sunday, Oct 30, 2011  |  Updated 4:17 PM CDT
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The grandfather, uncle and close friend of 6-year-old Diamond Robinson blame a careless driver for her death.

The grandfather, uncle and close friend of 6-year-old Diamond Robinson blame a careless driver for her death.

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A 6-year-old is dead, and a teenage girl was injured when a car hit them in an Englewood street Saturday night.

The 6-year-old girl -- identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as Diamond Robinson -- and a 16-year-old girl were crossing the street in the 7000 block of South Loomis Boulevard when a car hit them around 8:20 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Vantaysia Chism, the 16-year-old who was with Diamond, said the driver was speeding, and hit them even though they were in a crosswalk.

Diamond was pronounced dead at 10:46 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the medical examiner’s office, which will perform an autopsy later Sunday.

The driver of the southbound vehicle, 36-year-old Thomas Young, stayed at the scene, police said. Young, of the 6700 block of South Normal Avenue, was ticked for failure to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk, driving too fast for conditions and not having insurance, police said.

The police Major Accident Investigation Unit is investigating.

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