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3-year-old girl killed in hit-and-run in San Jose

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Updated: 7/20/2013 11:24 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A three-year-old girl is dead after being hit by a car in a hit-and-run accident. Police say the driver of the car actually stopped, got out and moved the girl, then drove off.

Police say the driver of the vehicle, 53-year-old Eric Clayton, turned himself in.

The little girl was playing with two other children when she ran out into Johnson Avenue in the San Jose area. Police say Clayton took time to move the girl away from his vehicle before driving off.

Police say neighbors chased the driver of the silver Mercury after the accident. The car was found abandoned on the Northside. Clayton reportedly turned himself in a few hours after the accident.

JSO says the girl was taken to UF Health Jacksonville where she died.

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Truthseeker - 11/26/2013 9:45 AM
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Why is there no mention of parental supervision in this story? Where were the 3 year old's parents, baby sitter, or who ever was supposed to be responsible for the childs safety? They are the ones truly repsonsible in this incident.

Realchange - 7/21/2013 2:00 PM
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News says his license was suspended what for? Sometimes it's something minor like insurance lapse, or where the person doesn't get a notice for a parking ticket etc.

Realchange - 7/20/2013 11:42 AM
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When I check the street view of the area the only speed limit I see posted other than around curves is 30 mph. While that is slow speed, a 3 year old darting out suddenly in front car could be bad situation depending on the address with the car unable to stop in time. Try viewing the street from a street map and imagine a car doing 30 mph in that area. He might been speeding, as most people do. Another thing what the hell is 3 year old doing darting onto any street with no adult supervision?

nativejax - 7/20/2013 8:14 AM
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My Prayers to this family for strength and comfort.

imtellin - 7/20/2013 6:30 AM
4 Votes
hmm let's just see here.. friday afternoon,, probably drinking at the time,, needed a few hours to say he needed a few stiff drinks before he turned himself in.. no one panics when it is an accident, & simply drives off after stopping & moving the body !!! guilt not panic motivated this person

Realchange - 7/20/2013 3:31 AM
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She probably ran out in front of him to fast to react, and he panicked. Kids will sometimes do stupid things like chase a ball into a busy street etc. At least that is what might happened not sure as I was not there.

nativejax - 7/19/2013 11:47 PM
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What a coward to move her poor body out of the way just to leave..how can anyone with a soul do this?
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