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Updated: June 28, 2014 6:25AM

A holiday turned tragic Monday afternoon when a 19-month-old girl ran into busy traffic in the South Shore neighborhood and was fatally hit by a CTA bus, police said.

The girl, Cherish Meyers, ran west onto the street in the 7700 block of South Shore Drive and was struck by a northbound No. 6 Jackson Park Express CTA bus about 3:20 p.m., police and CTA officials said.

Police said the driver of the CTA bus apparently tried to swerve to avoid hitting the young girl but was unable to do so.

Cherish was initially trapped under the bus, according to witnesses. Police said she died at the scene but was taken to University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The bus driver also was taken to the hospital for observation.

Dozens of residents were outside at the time of the crash, enjoying the holiday weather.

Willie Butler said he saw the little girl with braids run onto South Shore Drive. He said a woman, who also was taking care of an older child, pulled her off the busy street, but the girl ran out another time.

“That little child was just about at the center of the street when she was hit,” Butler said. “I was hoping that she could be still and the bus would pass over her, but she had fallen and rolled over.”

Butler said he didn’t know the child or her family.

After the crash, hundreds of people lined the streets, standing outside their homes and apartments. The crash happened just a block from Rainbow Beach Park, where people had been enjoying the warm weather at the beach or at nearby basketball courts.

Family members and friends lined South Shore Drive even after an ambulance took Cherish away. They declined to comment.


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