Investigators: domestic violence led to Fresno girl’s death

November 14, 2021 GMT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Investigators say the death of an 8-year-old girl who was struck by a car in central California is related to a domestic violence incident involving a man and the girl’s mother.

The California Highway Patrol says the girl had gotten out of a Toyota Sequoia SUV when she was hit by a passing car Friday night in Fresno. She died at the scene.

The girl’s 22-year-old mother was driving the SUV when she “became the victim of domestic violence” by the male passenger and pulled over, the highway patrol said in a statement.

A 51-year-old man who had been in the SUV was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, the Fresno Bee reported Saturday.

The girl’s mother was cited by the CHP on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence, the newspaper said.

A 2-year-old girl who was in the SUV was turned over to a “responsible party,” the highway patrol said.

The driver of the vehicle that hit the girl was not hurt and is cooperating with investigators.