8-year-old dies after being hit in Fallbrook parking lot

FALLBROOK, Calif. — An 8-year-old died after being struck by a vehicle Friday night in Fallbrook, California Highway Patrol said.

The collision happened around 6:30 p.m. on Heald Lane near Fallbrook Street, near the Fallbrook Community Center, North County Fire Protection District said.

Police say a 58-year-old female was driving northbound in a Toyota RAV4 and was preparing to turn right into a parking lot on a nearby roadway.

The 8-year-old was walking northbound with two family members across the entrance to the parking lot, police said.

The driver failed to see the pedestrians and struck the child. The child, who has no yet been identified as a boy or a girl, was airlifted to Rady Children’s Hospital, but was pronounced dead during the transport.

Police say the driver remained at the scene of the accident. Officers do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash. The investigation is still underway.