CHICAGO — A 2-year-old girl has died after she was hit by a car Friday morning while walking alongside her grandmother.
The 27-year-old driver of a 1999 Chrysler sedan may have been drinking and tried fleeing the scene, said Officer John Mirabelli, a police spokesman.
He was in custody and being questioned as of noon.
Both the girl and grandmother were sent to the hospital after the incident occurred in the 5700 block of South Morgan Street about 6:23 a.m., police said.
An infant in a stroller being pushed by the 57-year-old woman was unharmed. The relationship between the girl and the grandmother is unclear.
The girl, was was later identified as Jamya Love, was sent to Comer Children's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 7:09 a.m. Love lived in the 5700 block of South Peoria Street in Englewood, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.
The grandmother was sent to Stroger Hospital, though her condition is unknown.
The car was driving northbound when it blew through a stop sign, Mirabelli said.
The grandmother was able to push the stroller out of harm's way, but lost her grip on her granddaughter.
The car later hit some construction barricades before crashing into some parked cars. Briefly immobilized, the driver tried to flee, but was arrested by a police officer nearby.