2-year-old girl dies after running into KCK street, mother injured

Authorities say a young girl has died after she ran into the street and was hit by a vehicle Monday.

KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- Authorities say a young girl has died after she ran into the street and was hit by a vehicle Monday.

It happened about 6:50 p.m. near North Fourth Street and Quindaro Boulevard.

The girl was identified as Melanie McDonald, two years old. 

Police say a vehicle was driving west on Quindaro when a two-year-old girl ran into the street and her mother chased after her. Officers say both the girl and her mother were hit.

Officers say the driver of the vehicle immediately pulled over and cooperated with investigators.

Both the mother and child were taken to an area hospital. Officials say the mother was suffering from minor injuries while they two-year-old suffered critical injuries. The young girl died while at the hospital.

According to Kansas City, KS, Police Department Chief Terry Zeigler, the vehicle was "slow moving". The department says they will continue to investigate the incident.

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A local mom who knows the heartbreak of what this family is going through all too well.

Inside the gym at Mid-America Nazarene University is a weightlifting rack with the name "Harper" on it.

Harper is the 16-month-old daughter of Coach Whitney Rodden.

It was just two years ago Rodden got a call that an accident had happened in the street in front of Harper's daycare.

Her baby girl had been hit by a car and did not survive.

Rodden and her family are doing as well as can be expected these days.

"I think we're doing pretty good and we always do things to keep her memory alive," she said. "We always talk about things she would do."

HarpersHugs.com asks people to donate money to go toward the purchase of teddy bears for first responders and hospitals who are helping little ones going through trauma.

She says as for the families just starting out on this heartbreaking journey.

What she recommends most is the power of prayer. 

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