5-year-old hit: Police searching for driver

Mother tried to rush daughter to hospital

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Five-year-old Yanelle Lucero, was riding a battery-operated car toy near her home Sunday afternoon, when she was hit and killed by a white cargo van driving through her neighborhood. The driver did not stop after the accident in the one hundred block of Northwest 67th Street.

The little girl's mother tried to rush her to the hospital while calling for help.

"I said what do you mean... what happened?" mother Katherine Diaz explained. "I said 'Yanelle, talk to mom. Everything is going be okay.'  But, she was not responding."

Rescue crews from Fort Lauderdale fire rescue met up with the mother along southbound Interstate 95 near Sunrise Boulevard around 5:30 p.m.

A spokesman for Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue saidYanelle was pronounced dead after arriving at Broward General Medical Center.

"She was so kind and playful," Yanelle's 8-year-old sister sobbed. 

The suspect vehicle is described as a newer model white cargo van.  The Florida license plate likely starts with the characters 'F5'.

The driver is described as a Hispanic male between 20 and 25 years of age.  Witnesses say he is heavy set with curly hair and was wearing a black t-shirt with white lettering.

Anyone with information about the fatal hit and run crash should call Fort Lauderdale Police, Crimestoppers, or Investigator Goedke.  You can reach Investigator Goedke at (954) 828-5754.

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