A Brooklyn family is dealing with the loss of a little girl who was hit and killed on a city street. NY1's Mahsa Saeidi filed the following report.
A trip home from school ended in tragedy Thursday night as a 5-year-old girl was hit and killed near her Sunset Park home.
Just steps away from the Shao family home, investigators say 5-year-old Kiko Shao was struck and killed by a white Cadillac Escalade Thursday afternoon.
Police say the preliminary investigation shows that the child was running on 55th Street towards Fifth Avenue when she was struck by the Escalade, which was going south on 55th Street.
"She passed me just like that, and she just crossed, she all of a sudden just crossed, and the car hit her," said one witness. "When I turned around, the little girl was just laying there."
Dozens of other bystanders and pedestrians in Sunset Park looked on in horror, including one delivery man who says he saw the incident unfold.
"He was not speeding," the man said. "He just crossed the light. Maybe the light had just changed. I don't know what happened, but he was just coming forward, and the little baby was standing right along nearby the 22 right there, and the front tire knocked her down, and then the rear tire ran over her."
Kiko was transported to the hospital, where police say she was pronounced dead.
Kiko's family was distraught upon returning home from the hospital Thursday night.
The little girl's grandfather was so distraught about her death, he had to be carried up the stairs. Inside, other family members were also inconsolable.
Family friend Bing Lui said that Kiko was coming home from school with her dad.
"I came here to see what happened, whose fault is it," Lui said.
Police say a 28-year-old man was driving the Cadillac. He remained on scene. Witnesses say that he, too, was distraught.
"He started crying," said one witness. "After he stopped, he got out the car, and he just started crying 'cause the little girl was just there laying down."
There is no word yet on whether the driver of the Cadillac will face any charges.
Police say the investigation continues.