Hanover police seek driver who struck, killed girl, 4

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HANOVER, Pa. (WHTM) – Police are looking for a driver who struck and killed a 4-year-old girl and didn’t stop.

Authorities say Dakota Wright died at Hanover Hospital after she was struck by a white, full-size utility van outside her home in the 200 block Princess Street just after 7 p.m. Tuesday.

dakota_wright_4Family members said they were getting out of their car after a trip to a fast food restaurant when the white van struck Dakota.

“She gets out of the car and I look back, I see her,” family friend Cameron Balmaceno said. “So, I turned my back and all I see is the car come and hear “boom, boom, boom.” I turned around and looked, and I don’t see Dakota.”

The family said the driver was going too fast and they weren’t able to get a license plate number.

“They need to man up,” said Troy Heath, a family friend. “He, she, whoever did it, just man up to what you did. There’s a lot of people hurting.”

Investigators said a man, possibly with a beard, was driving the van with some type of writing or lettering on the side and a ladder attached to a roof rack.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for a memorial fund.

“She had the biggest heart that you could imagine,” Heath said. “She loved for you to read to her. She was a quick learner.”

“There’s a lot of special girls in this world, but Dakota – everyone was melted by her smile,” Ma’raya Heath said. “She was a really sweet girl.”

Anyone with information should call Hanover police at 717-637-5575.

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