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- The Davie Police Department confirmed the crash took place near the 6600 block of Griffin Road shortly before 7:30 p.m.
A 5-year-old girl and her father were killed after being struck by a vehicle while trick-or-treating on Halloween night in Davie, police said.
The Davie Police Department confirmed the crash took place near the 6600 block of Griffin Road shortly before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
According to police, 46-year-old Carlos Amaya was walking with two of his four children in a designated crosswalk when they were struck by a 2011 Cadillac CTS traveling eastbound.
Amaya and one of his daughters - identified by Amaya's wife and mother of their four children as Heidy Orellana-Cruz - were killed at the scene while the second child, a 2-year-old girl, sustained a laceration to her head and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Maria Orellana-Cruz said the girls had been trick-or-treating at the time of the crash. The couple's 17-year-old son Erick told NBC 6 Amaya had come from El Salvador five years ago for a better life and the family followed several years later.
The driver remained on scene and spoke with police, who say speed and alcohol do not appear to be a factor and that the crash was simply a tragic accident. The driver will not face any charges.
Officials say the crosswalk has a traffic light that is supposed to light up for pedestrians. The street lights were off in the area at the time of the crash.
"There's bushes and trees that probably would have been difficult for both the driver and the father to see each other," said Detective Vivian Gallinal. "The area was really dark."
A GoFundMe was set up to help the family with funeral costs.