A 7-Year-Old Girl Was Killed Tuesday Night in a Vickery Meadow Hit-and-Run

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Hemlock Avenue
The 6900 block of Hemlock Avenue would have been dark at 9:30 Tuesday night. There are no street lights, just whatever light spills over from the adjacent apartment buildings. It would have been hard to see a couple of kids playing in the grass on the side of the road, and all but impossible to stop if one of them suddenly darted into the road.

It would also be all but impossible for the driver of what witnesses described as a black 2008 Chrysler sedan to not realize it when he hit a 7-year-old girl. The girl was struck by the front of the car and thrown into the air; another driver, paused at a stop sign at Melody Lane and Hemlock, saw the whole thing and followed the Chrysler driver when it became clear he or she was driving away.

Police have not yet released the girl's name. Someone, a "private citizen," scooped her body from the road and took her to Presbyterian Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police say they are compiling additional information.

Update at 10:43 a.m.: NBC 5's Jeff Smith is identifying the girl as Melanny Valdez, a first grader at nearby Jack Lowe Elementary. Family members tell him it was a truck that hit her, not a sedan as the police report described.

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ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Want more fun with dead kids and streetlights?

google michael vaughn dallas streetlights

this cop was too lazy and stupid to report the dead lights.

now he is in the dpd 'intelligence' division. I let you guess who is writing this shit: Orwell, Kafka, Carroll, Hiaassen.

WylieH
WylieH

There should have been at least three streetlights on that block. Were they not working?

TexMarine
TexMarine

I don't think it has anything to do with lighting. I used to live in Vickery Meadows and there is a real problem with people jaywalking and darting in and out of the street. I nearly killed a teenager who was so enthralled in whatever she was listening too in her ear buds that she stepped out in the middle of the intersection at Park/Eastridge, right in front of us. Fortunately I had lived there for 5 years by this time and had become more aware of pedestrians and slammed on the brakes. What did she do? Nothing. She didn't even look up, just kept crossing. I can't explain why, I just know the facts; there are too many people jammed in that area and too many of them don't understand physics.

rubberduky
rubberduky

I seriously hope that the city puts up some damn street lights, regardless if it is after the fact.

rubberduky
rubberduky

This really brings you back down to earth when as people get on our high horse so to speak. No matter what, a childs life is precious because they could be the game changers for the good in this messed up world. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Dear God.  Look at that sweet beautiful little child.  Very hard to take these tragedies.

pnd2131
pnd2131

Very sad to hear, RIP:(

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Where are the adults?

A 1st grader out at 930pm on a school night.

ruddski
ruddski

A seven-year-old playing by the side of an unlit roadway at night. What could possibly go wrong?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@TexMarine  If you know the situation, then how about slowing down and being more careful in the area?

hotdogthatshit
hotdogthatshit

@bvckvs I lived in this neighborhood for a while and what this guy says is true.  The majority of the apartments, at least in the Biltmore complex where I lived, were hard working families.  Being a student and bartender I was usually going to bed when those guys were getting up to go to work, a little later the wives would walk the kids to school down the street and go to their jobs.  It was quiet during the day and at night people were all outside grilling, chatting or just listening to some music and drinking a beer.

Even though its not as pristine looking as some of Dallas and not absolutely new buildings is a menacing look in Dallas, but I never felt in danger while living there.  In fact my friends wife, fiancee at the time, lived in the same complex by her self for 2 years before we moved there.

ruddski
ruddski

@Sharon

Define "adult". At seven, her parents might still be teenagers.

And what's with the plural? Odds are close to even that there's only one parent, most likely a mom.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@ruddski  parenting these days.  not until i was like 12 was I allowed to play outside after dark, much less in the street, and our streets were lit (I know, thats some upper class shit right, the street light?)

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  you know, even if you are going 5 mph, if some kid comes out of nowhere, you will still be startled and slam the brakes.  You may even still hit and kill the kid

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@bvckvs @TexMarine 

Not walking in the middle of a poorly lit street at night is also a good idea.  Just saying.


In my neighborhood, the street is reasonably well light.  Yet there is this one person who insists on doing his early morning (before sunrise) run down the middle of the street while wearing dark clothing.  He still is not easy to see.  Go figure.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

I doubt she was born to a 11 year old 7 years ago thus making the parents adults.

The plural comes from she was playing with friends. Those friends didn't come from a stork.

Daniel
Daniel

@ScottsMerkin @ruddski  It's a fairly dangerous neighborhood, too. I'm baffled that this child was where she was, when she was.

ruddski
ruddski

@ScottsMerkin

Tuesday night is a school night too. There was every reason for this child to not be where she was. Tragic consequences of poor decisions.

ruddski
ruddski

@ScottsMerkin

This is why I was an overprotective father, and am now an overprotective grandfather. Life is just plain dangerous, I can't imagine losing a child.

I feel for the parents.

ruddski
ruddski

@Sharon

Seven plus twelve equals nineteen. It's not uncommon for twelve-year-olds to become impregnated among white trash and other communities.

That she was with not alone was the author's assumption.

In fact, all assumptions are now moot, according to the update. Read the link.

ruddski
ruddski

tweet says it was the latter

Daniel
Daniel

@ruddski  Was she walking home from school with a big group or playing in the dark at 9:30 p.m.? Information fail.

ruddski
ruddski

@Daniel

According to the update, the blog post is inaccurate. Comments or arguments based on that inaccuracy are effectively moot.

Daniel
Daniel

@ruddski  Well, one hates to pile on the parents in the aftermath of such a tragedy, especially when we don't know the whole story. It is something of a head-scratcher, though.

ruddski
ruddski

@Daniel

I'll be generous to the parent(s), and surmise that the child slipped out Un-noticed.

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