Haverford Township police were on the scene of an accident involving a 2-year-old girl in Havertown, Delaware County.
The incident happened just after 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the YMCA near the intersection of North Eagle Road and Lawrence Road.
It could happen in an instant, anywhere. This tragic accident that claimed the life of a little girl. Now a family and a community of people centered around the YMCA are in mourning.
Early Saturday afternoon, caution tape cordoned off the scene as police investigated a tragic accident in the parking lot of the Havertown YMCA.
Haverford Township Police Chief John Viola said, “First responding officers found the child in a parking spot and severely injured apparently a vehicle pulled into the spot, the child was sitting there and the operator did not see her.”
Police say this was not negligence, but a terrible mistake. The 2-year-old girl’s mother was close to the young girl, apparently trying to get her in their car when the driver of the striking car pulled in to a nearby spot.
“He was pulling into the spot in front of where she was sitting and then when he pulled in the mother started screaming and he found out what it happened right away,” said Chief Viola.
The driver stayed on scene, and the girl was rushed to Lankenau Hospital but later died,
Tonight the YMCA is closed out of respect for the family.
YMCA President Shaun Elliott said, “Unfortunately it’s one of those accidents that really could happen anywhere and it doesn’t make it any easier.”
The president of the YMCA says it will assist staff that need emotional help, reaching out to the driver, and of course the family of this little girl.
Police have not filed any charges against the driver, ruling this a terrible accident.