2-year-old girl hit by car while playing in alley dies

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. — A car hit and killed a toddler Tuesday as she played with her older sister near their Escondido home, police said.

The accident occurred shortly after 12:30 p.m., as a 33-year-old driver was trying to park her vehicle in an alley off West Fourth Avenue and South Orange Street, according to police.

While the driver’s attention was focused on one juvenile pedestrian off to her right, another ran into the path of the car from the opposite direction and was struck, Escondido Police Department Officer Tom Venable said.

Medics took the 2-year-old victim, whose name was not released, to Palomar Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

The involved driver, who lives near the site of the accident, immediately reported what had happened and was fully cooperative with investigators. She was not immediately arrested or cited, though investigators were still seeking witnesses as of Tuesday evening, according to police.