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Part of Manhattan Street Co-Named for Girl Struck and Killed by Car

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Part of a Manhattan street was co-named Monday to honor a girl who was struck and killed by a car last year.

The southwest corner of West 97th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue is now also known as Ariel Russo Place.

Ariel was walking with her grandmother in June when she was hit at the intersection by a teenage driver who was running from police.

Monday would have been Ariel's fifth birthday.

"When people come by here, and they'll say, 'What's that all about,' they'll hear about this tragedy and hopefully, it'll prevent other tragedies from happening," said Sanford Rubenstein, the attorney for the Russo family.

"This is the first time that we stand on this corner. It's been kind of a dark place for me, but this sign being here kind of illuminates it," said Sofia Russo, Ariel's mother. "This street means that children are here to make a difference, and that New Yorkers are the kind of people who run to a horrific scene to help instead of running away from it."

The driver, Franklin Reyes, is charged with manslaughter.

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