Car parking lot viewed from above, Aerial view. Top view

Glendale police are continuing to investigate the March 3 crash in a Walmart parking lot that killed a young girl.

According to police, a family of five crossed the parking lot at 56th and Northern avenues and were walking on the sidewalk headed toward Walmart when they were struck by a black Nissan Frontier.

Detectives said the 69-year-old female driver backed out of a parking space, came to a stop and then went forward into the spot. When doing so, she struck a parked car, hopped on the sidewalk and struck the family. 

During the impact, the car pinned the 4-year-old girl. The pickup truck also hit other cars while trying to back the truck up before coming to a stop. Witnesses tried performing CPR on the child before the arrival of paramedics, who transported the girl to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. She died at the hospital.

A 3-year-old boy was transported with nonlife-threatening injuries. The children’s mother was transported to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, and the grandmother was treated on the scene. The children’s aunt sustained no injuries.

“Detectives are still actively investigating this incident,” said Jose Miguel Santiago, the Glendale Police Department’s public information officer. 

“They are checking for possible impairment with the driver, which is standard procedure. At this time, there is no sigh of impairment. Charges may be pending in this incident.” 

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