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New photos of hit-and-run car that killed 10-year-old girl in Fort Pierce

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Yaceny Rodriguez-Gonzalez, 10, died after being hit by a hit-and-run driver in Fort Pierce on Sept. 23, 2021. (Fort Pierce Police)

Thursday morning started like any other school day for Yaceny Rodriguez-Gonzalez as she left for the school bus. But Yaceny would not make it to class.

The 10-year-old girl who was struck by a hit-and-run driver in south Fort Pierce has died from her injuries, confirmed Maj. Carlos Rodriguez.

"I was crying," said Denise Morales, a witness who lives nextdoor to the victim's school bus stop where the crash occured. "My heart was crying. I was crying. I just can’t explain how I feel."

Fort Pierce Police said the hit-and-run happened around 6:35 a.m. near the intersection of Skylark Drive and Oleander Avenue.

Police said a driver ignored school bus arms and flashing lights and blew past the bus, hitting the child.

"So much was going on," said the witness. "I just ran over to the mother, with the child on the ground."

Authorities said the school bus, which was loaded with kids at the time of the incident, watched as the driver took off.

A photo captured by a surveillance camera on the school bus shows a white four-door sedan speeding northbound down Oleander Avenue in Fort Pierce.

After the crash, the little girl was lying in the grass, unconscious. She was later transported to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in critical condition with severe head trauma.

She later died, police said.

“Anything that anybody can do that can help us, we'd ask for your cooperation. We want to find this person and take them into custody," Maj. Rodriguez said. "Because think about it, they didn't even stop to see if the person that they hit, a young child that was struck, Yaceny, was OK. And that hurts us all.”

The bus was going to Allapattah Flats K-8 School.

Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, speaking at an afternoon media briefing at the Police Department, said the district is in shock.

“The district itself sends our condolences and our prayers to the family, to the school center, to the students,” Superintendent Gent said. “Our core mission is to protect our children, and to do the best we can, and so it's a very sad day for us right now.”

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Police are looking for a white 4-door sedan. It's the only description they have at this point.

Folks with information are asked to call Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 800-273-TIPS or Traffic Homicide Investigator Shayne Stokes at 772-302-4764.



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