3-year-old girl on tricycle killed in her own driveway

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by ERIC WILKINSON / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 12 at 10:21 PM

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -  A tiny tricycle sat mangled beneath the hulking body of a Ford Expedition. Little more needed to be said to anyone who passed by the scene of such a horrific family tragedy.

"It’s just so senseless," said one neighbor.

Police tell KING 5 the driver of the Expedition just didn’t see 3-year-old Saniah Marcus who was on her tricycle directly in front of the SUV and he ran right her over as he pulled out of the family driveway.

Police say the driver is the 25-year-old fiancé of the little girl’s mother.

Investigators say the driver called to several kids to get away from the truck before he pulled out, but the little girl apparently didn’t hear him. She died on her way to the hospital.

"I’ve seen too many of these over the years," said Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ed Troyer. "If you have a car that your can’t see over the front end, you just have to get out and do a quick walk-around."

Troyer added it does not appear that the driver will face any charges, and the whole thing looks like a terrible accident.

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