PD: Car hits, kills 3-year-old boy in west Phoenix

PHOENIX - Authorities say a 3-year-old boy is dead after his stroller was struck by a vehicle in west Phoenix.

Phoenix police say the incident occurred about 1 p.m. Thursday on a private access-road at the Desert Sky Esplanade near 75th Avenue and McDowell Road.

They say the child was in a stroller being pushed by his babysitter, who was slightly injured.

Police say the babysitter was leaving the shopping center when she attempted to cross a private road maintained by the property's owners.

Witnesses say the vehicle's driver heeded a stop sign but then continued on and hit the woman and stroller.

Police said the little boy died before help arrived. Officials say the boy’s dad works at the center where the accident occurred.

Officers said he saw the commotion, walked over to see what happened and realized it was his son.

“I don't know how to describe it other than probably there are a lot of people who are numb. As you look at the scenario behind us and perhaps you don't show it, we are not supposed to see people die,” said Crump.

“It's scary. It brings tears to my eyes. The love of a mother, you can't explain it to anyone. It's just, I don't know. How can someone be so careless?" said Marisol Rosas who saw the accident happen.

The names of the boy and the babysitter haven't been released.

Police are investigating the 22-year-old driver for possible impairment and determining if there is any negligence or recklessness.

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