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Kellen E. Bledsoe. Photo/Chicago Police

Kellen E. Bledsoe. Photo/Chicago Police

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Updated: October 23, 2013 6:56AM

A 27-year-old South Side man was driving drunk and without a valid driver’s license when his car struck and killed a 2-year-old girl Friday as she walked with her grandmother to a day-care center in Englewood, the police said Saturday.

Kellen E. Bledsoe is charged with reckless homicide and two counts of aggravated DUI, among other charges and citations in connection with the crash that happened at 6:30 a.m. Friday.

Jamya Love was hit by the 1999 Chrysler Concord driven by Bledsoe as she walked alongside her grandmother, who was pushing a baby stroller across the street, near West 56th and South Morgan streets, police said.

Witnesses told police the driver ran a stop sign before striking the girl.

The car then careered across the center lane and hit several construction barriers before crashing into two vehicles. Police said Bledsoe tried to run but was arrested by officers who were in the area.

An infant in the stroller and Jamya’s grandmother weren’t hurt, though the 57-year-old woman was “emotionally distraught,” police said. Bledsoe was also charged with driving without a license and operating a vehicle without insurance and issued several citations. He is to appear Sunday in bond court.

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