Memorial set up in Spokane for 5-year-old girl hit by car



Posted on October 20, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 21 at 2:05 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The community is reaching out to a family who was hit by a car Friday night. Spokane police said a 5-year-old girl died after she, her mother and her brother were hit while crossing the street.

Police have not released much about the family but said the mother remains in critical condition. They said the 7-year-old boy has been released from the hospital.
A memorial near Monroe and Mansfield continues to grow. Most of the people dropping off gifts at the memorial do not even know the family.

Loni Rainey knows what it is like to lose a family member and to have another barely hanging on. Her dad is suffering from Alzheimer’s. When she heard about what happened she stopped by to drop off some flowers.

 "I am a mother too and can't imagine what it's like, it's heart breaking,” said Rainey.

Alongside the flowers at the memorial are stuffed animals and words of hope for the family. There are even what looks like drawing from children.

A painting is also among the gifts at the memorial. Anthony Stevens painted the angel representing all the people who have helped him through hard times. He held onto that painting for 12 years.

“We all have angels, I know I do. I'm just dropping mine off and maybe it will help,” said Stevens.

Stevens saw the crash unfold Friday night from his window.

"What I saw, I hope nobody will ever have to see again,” said Stevens.

While Stevens does not know any of the victims, he hopes the painting will remind the family the community is thinking of them.

"I just want them to know that someone out here cares,” said Stevens.

No charges have been made against the driver. The crash is still under investigation.