Child Killed In Hit-And-Run Crash

Two children struck, including young girl who died

By Ray Villeda and Chris Van Horne
|  Monday, Mar 5, 2012  |  Updated 7:13 AM CDT
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Child Killed In Hit-And-Run Crash

Keisha Williams

Keisha Williams with three daughters. The youngest, Khyla (second from left), died after being struck by a SUV.

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A mother is devastated and her daughter is dead after being hit by a SUV driver.

Keisha Williams said her 5-year old daughter Khyla Hayes was crossing the street in the 5200 block of Southcrest Court with her older cousin, 6-year-old Lamarrion Perry, Sunday.

"They were just going to play, I don't know why he sped up, why he ran," Williams said. "I want to try not to remember her the last way I seen her."

Police said Daniel McDonald, 20, was driving a red SUV that struck the two of them and then hit a parked car. He drove to a nearby apartment complex and then ran. Witnesses gave a description of McDonald and told police which way he ran.

An officer took McDonald into custody near Loop 820.

According to the Fort Worth police report McDonald was not intoxicated, although a passenger was and was arrested for public intoxication. McDonald was read his rights, but waived them. He told police he was driving the SUV and that he hit the two children.

The report said "He knew that they were injured but he was not sure how bad they were injured. He continued driving eastbound and parked the (vehicle) in the apartment complex on Jaccocks Lane. He then fled the scene on foot from there."

A neighbor tried to help Khyla, giving her CPR. The girl died soon after at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth. Perry, will recover from his injuries.

"I just feel bad that I didn't (save her) I did the best I could," said BJ Stevenson.

Sunday night, neighbors, friends and family gathered at the spot the kids were trying to go to.

With candles, they remembered the little girl.

Neighbors and children on Southcrest Court said it's the third incident involving kids being hit in the last few years. They are hoping for added signage.

Fort Worth police arrested McDonald on two charges of a crash involving injury or death. He remains in the Mansfield Jail on $50,000 bond for each charge.

NBC 5's Reginald Hardwick contributed to this report.

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