FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Two teens have been charged in a deadly hit and run accident over the weekend which claimed the life a Ft. Lauderdale girl.

Sunday afternoon, around 4:30 p.m., Yanelle Lucero, 5, was riding her plastic tricycle near the side of the road in the 100 block of NW 67th Avenue when she was struck by a white GMC van, according to police.

The driver of the van, identified as 19-year old Erik Garcia, reportedly stopped, jumped out of the vehicle and took off on foot.

Police say 19-year old Mario Argumedo, who was in the passenger seat, ran to the girl, picked her up, carried her over to her mother and then drove off in the van.

Lucero’s mother Catherine Diaz told CBS4’s Joan Murray that she is relieved an arrest has been made.

“It gives me some closure, to know they won’t be able to hurt other kids,” said Diaz.

The child’s mother tried to rush her to the hospital while calling 911 for help. A Ft. Lauderdale Fire Rescue crew met up with her on I-95 near Sunrise Boulevard and rushed the child to Broward General Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

“I was driving like crazy and told her to hold on, then she gasped, and I knew she was gone,” Diaz told CBS4 News.

Garcia, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving a death, driving without a valid license and failure to use due care.

Argumedo, a Pompano resident, was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death, tampering with evidence and allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a vehicle in his possession.

Catherine Diaz told Murray she has no money to bury her child. Click Here to donate to help the family.

Comments (3)
  1. poorwhiteboy says:

    Where”s your GREEN CARDS? Shoot EM.

  2. mark says:

    Yeah, keep the borders open so more trash can come here and have babies in this once great country.
    The “melting pot” now contains feces like these fellows. Hope their parents are proud.

  3. jadeowl says:

    cars are the cause of so many needless deaths, with death rate at about 40000 per year. as forensic, i would inquire whether any devices in the car took control over the vehicle intelligently causing the accident like smart phone, g-pad, etc. in the movie “chitty, chitty bang-bang” the car seems to have a life of its own replete with coded secret winking headlight. woe to the nameless death of car accidents, those who have suffered for the sake of expediency. it is enough to switch hood ornaments with a chrome necklace of almighty christ.

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