RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Tonight, we are learning new information about the 2-year-old little girl hit by a car in a driveway in South Richmond. It happened around 2 Tuesday afternoon in the 2100 block of Powell Road.
Tonight, the family of the 2-year-old tells us she is just about to turn 3 in a few days. We've learned from the family that she is in stable condition.
Upset, and not wanting to show his emotion to our camera, the two year old's grandfather showed up to talk with police. He talked with them at the scene where his little granddaughter was hit by a car in a driveway.
He didn't want to talk on camera, but he did tell us, it's all just an accident.
Neighbors nearby were taken back by all the commotion.
"To be at Christmas, it's devastating for the whole neighborhood, the parents, I can't understand what they will go through," said Linwood Church.
Investigators started to put the pieces together here to figure out what happened by first coming down to VCU Medical Center shortly after the accident and talked with the people who saw this little girl get hurt.
Hours later, the forensic team spent some time mapping out the driveway where the two year was severely hurt. Early indications are the car was pulling out of the driveway when the girl was hit. Investigators want to know how far did the car roll before hitting the girl? And, exactly who was driving the car.
We did some digging and according to KidsandCars.org -136 children died nationwide last year in similar accidents. That number was even higher in 2009 - 175 deaths.
This family and it's neighbors hope this story has a different ending.
"Everyone will give all the support they can. They will do whatever they can to help soften the punch," added Church.
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