7-Year-Old Killed in Hit and Run, Police Arrest Suspected Driver

Friday, Mar 21, 2014  |  Updated 5:56 AM CDT
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7-Year-Old Killed in Hit and Run, Search Continues for Driver

Julius Sears (inset right) is suspected being the driver in a hit and run on Tuesday night that killed 7-year-old Melanny Valdez (inset left)

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Police Arrest Suspect in Hit and Run Fatality

Dallas police have arrested a suspected driver involved in a deadly hit and run Tuesday night.

Family Wants Justice After Hit and Run

The family of a child who died after a hit-and-run want justice.
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Dallas police have arrested a suspected driver involved in a deadly hit and run Tuesday night.

Julius Sears, 29, has been charged with an accident involving injury or death -- a second-degree felony -- and is being held on citations from the city of Dallas.

Sears was being held on a bond of $250,000 as of 10:45 a.m. Dallas police said they will give more information into Sears' arrest at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

The hit-and-run happened at around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday on Hemlock Lane near Melody Lane.

Melanny Valdez, 7, was walking home from a family celebration with her mother, grandmother and aunt.

The police report says she was on the shoulder of the street when she ran in front of a car traveling northbound on Hemlock.

Valdez was taken to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas by a private citizen. According to the police report, she was pronounced dead less than an hour later.

Police say the car -- a 2008 four-door, black Chrysler -- did not stop. Witnesses followed the car to an apartment complex in the 6000 block of Abrams Road then lost sight of the driver in the apartments. Officers towed the vehicle.

DPD is still asking anyone who witnessed the accident or has information about the driver to call detectives at 214-670-5817.

The family says they don't have enough money to cover funeral expenses, donations can be made in Melanny Valdez's name at any Capital One Bank branch. 

NBC 5's Randy McIlwain contributed to this article.

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