Child Dead After Struck by Vehicle Saturday Afternoon

- LUBBOCK -- A toddler died after being struck by a vehicle Saturday, about 2:00 pm, near 23rd Street and Avenue J. 

Mikaly Leyva, 2, was crossing the street when she was run over by a 2008 Nissan Armada.  Police said it was driven by a 14-year-old girl who had two 8-year-old children with her in the vehicle.  

Mikaly was taken by EMS to University Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.  The official account from police did not say if the driver would be cited. 
LUBBOCK --The 911 caller who witnessed the deadly accident that took the life of Mikaly Leyva, 2, spoke out Sunday.

Police said Mikaly was crossing the street Saturday afternoon when she was run over by a 2008 Nissan Armada driven by a 14-year-old girl who had two 8-year-old children with her in the vehicle.  Police have not yet said what charges the teenage girl or her family might face.

“I just saw the little girl on the floor and then the mom holding the little girl crying for help,” said the man who called 911.  He did not want to be named or shown on camera.

“Then I made the 911 call letting them know that we need emergency assistance here,” he said. 

The 911 caller also said he saw a man break the back glass of the Nissan to get the driver to stop.  Witnesses said the 14-year-old has worked in the nearby flea market, and that her family is well connected in the neighborhood. 

Another eyewitness recorded iPhone video that she said depicts the teenage driver being led away from the accident by an adult man before police could arrive.  

“You know as a parent it is kind of sad to see this. I have a 3-year-old daughter as well and I could only imagine what life would be like without her,” the 911 caller said. 

“It’s sad, not just for the little girl, but for the girl that hit her. She is going to have a different view of life.  So, it is a pretty sad tragedy.”

LUBBOCK -- Lubbock Police released a portion of the 911 call related to the death of Mikaly Leyva, 2, when she was run over Saturday afternoon by an SUV.  Mikaly was hit by a Nisan Armada which was driven by a 14-year-old girl.  She had two 8-year-old children with her in the back seat of the Armada.  Police have not said if they know why a 14-year-old was driving.   

In an email statement on Monday morning, police said, “Accident Investigation will be completing interviews, mapping the scene and processing evidence over the next several days. After which they will make notification if criminal charges are being filed.”

In the 911 call a man is heard breathlessly saying, “I need an ambulance at 23rd and Avenue J. at the flea market.” 

“A little girl got ran over!” he said.  “She’s not responsive.  Can you send an ambulance, please?”  

“I need someone here quick, please!”

Police said the 2-year-old was “crossing the street” when she was struck by the Armada.  

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