8-Year-old Girl Killed After She Was Thrown From Car in Miramar Crash Wasn't Wearing Seatbelt: Police

An 8-year-old girl who was killed in a car crash in Miramar Monday morning was not wearing a seatbelt when she was thrown from the vehicle driven by her mother, police say.

The crash took place around 10 a.m. at the intersection of Miramar Boulevard and Red Road. Fire rescue crews from the city of Miramar tweeted that two people were involved.

According to police, witnesses say the mother ran a red light in her minivan going westbound on Miramar Boulevard when the vehicle was struck by a pickup truck. The eight-year-old girl was ejected from the van, which ended up rolling over on her, officials said.

The child was airlifted to Memorial Regional Hospital, where she later died. The mother was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the truck stayed on the scene and police did not say if they had any injuries. An investigation continues into the crash.

Police later identified the girl as Sumaiya Zahin. She was on her way to school at Somerset Academy.

"Unfortunately it was a tragic first day back to school for this family," Miramar Police spokeswoman Tania Rues said.

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