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Child killed and pregnant mother injured in Riverside hit-and-run

A 3-year-old girl who was struck by a hit-and-run dirt bike racer in rural Riverside County died of her injuries on Monday, according to her family.

Odalys Navarro was riding her bicycle on the dirt sidewalk in the community of Good Hope on August 31 when she and her pregnant mother were struck from behind by someone riding a dirt bike, according to the California Highway Patrol and a campaign set up to help pay for the girl’s funeral and medical expenses.

The mother and daughter were returning from the park when they were struck near the intersection of Steel Peak Drive and Palm Street shortly after 7.30pm, CHP officer Javier Navarro said.

Both were hospitalized and the girl’s mother, Rubi Navarro, said in a message accompanying a GoFundMe campaign that she was seriously injured, but her daughter died. Rubi Navarro is five months pregnant, family members told KNBC 4 news channel.

“It’s hard to put into words the pain and anguish my family has endured since that fateful day,” Rubi Navarro said in his post. “The reckless driver, without a shred of humanity, fled the scene without mercy, leaving my family broken and broken. »

Odalys would have turned 4 later this month, his mother said. The CHP did not release any additional information about the suspect behind the hit-and-run.

Jeff Greene, chief of staff for Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries, described the unincorporated community of Good Hope as rural with limited lighting in some areas. The area is predominantly made up of low-income black and Latino families. The supervisor’s office has received complaints about all-terrain vehicles on the roads, and the county has applied for funding to build sidewalks in the area.