MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A toddler was accidentally run over and killed by her aunt in Southwest Miami-Dade Friday.
Miami-Dade police officers cordoned off the neighborhood where the incident occurred as they investigated 2-year-old’s Alexia Leaks’ death.
The aunt, Annette Walker, was dropping off Alexia and her mom, Dominick Leaks, at a relative’s house on SW 109th Ave. and 222nd Terr.
Officers said the aunt was sure she’d seen both mother and daughter go into the house when she pulled away.
“The aunt later then proceeded to leave the home when she did feel a bump,” said Det. Robin Pinkard. “She immediately stopped the vehicle, got out and realized she had struck the 2 year old. That’s anyone’s worst nightmare.”
Another aunt who lives across the street, just feet from where the little girl was hit, told CBS4 Reporter Donna Rapado that Walker banged on her door hysterically.
“Emotionally she was tore up,” Minnie Hart said. “I just heard ‘bam, bam, bam’ on my door. When I opened the door she just fell on the floor. And she was just out of it. She said, ‘Oh, auntie Minnie, I done hit the baby. I hit the baby.'”
The family is literally and figuratively a close one, many members living in several houses on the same street. They were all devastated as they learned what happened.
The little girl’s aunt, her mother’s sister, showed CBS4 Reporter Donna Rapado cellphone video of little Alexia recently going down a slide, giggling all the way.
“She liked to play. She’s a happy child,” Anquinette Leaks said. “Oh, my world! I wouldn’t expect nothing like this to happen, especially not to my nieces. I have a lot of nieces, I love all of them. It hurt me when I heard that this happened.”
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue airlifted the little girl to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital where she died.
Police loaded up the white SUV onto a flatbed truck. They have not filed any charges as they continue to investigate what is seemingly a tragic accident.
Detectives pointed out these types of accidents are so devastating to loved ones, the family is never the same.