Girl, 6, killed crossing street
BY MITCH DUDEK Staff Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org October 30, 2011 8:10PM
Copy photo of Diamond Robinson.
Updated: January 23, 2012 4:10AM
A 6-year-old girl was fatally struck by a car Saturday night — and a 16-year old family friend suffered a broken arm — as the pair crossed a South Side street on their way to a Halloween party.
Diamond Robinson died at a local hospital after the accident at 70th and Loomis.
“The two were holding hands and Diamond tried to cross and the other girl tried to yank her back, but they both got hit,” said Diamond’s aunt, Bonnie Robinson, as relatives gathered to grieve at the Robinson family home in the 6700 block of South Michigan.
Driver Thomas Young, who was headed south on Loomis, got out of his 2000 Mercury Sable and held Diamond until police and paramedics arrived, according to police and a witness. The accident happened around 8:20 p.m.
Young, 36, of the 6700 block of South Normal, was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, driving too fast for conditions and driving without insurance.
Neither girl was wearing a Halloween costume when struck, said family and friends.
Diamond, a first-grader at Brownell Elementary just down the block from her home, enjoyed school and received an award for perfect attendance this year, relatives said.
“She loved the colors blue and pink . . . and she loved to watch the Disney Channel’s ‘Wizards of Waverly Place,’ ” said Diamond’s uncle, Chris Jackson. “But she also liked watching scary movies like ‘Halloween’ with her two brothers (ages 8 and 3).”
“They don’t know about their sister yet,” he said.
“She liked to read and draw fairies and do kid stuff, but she could hold a conversation like a grown woman; she was very smart,” said Diamond’s aunt Tierra Robinson. “She told her mother yesterday that she wanted to be a doctor.”
Balloons, handwritten notes and teddy bears lay in the rain Sunday near the site of the accident — which is a few feet from an elementary school.
Eddric Tolliver, who lives about 100 yards from the crash site, heard the screeching of tires and ran to see what happened.
“The girl was laying on the ground and the man who hit her was holding her,” said Tolliver, 23. “Cars come flying down this street doing damn near 50, sometimes 60 miles per hour. There’s accidents all the time at that corner. They need a stop sign there, or at least a speed bump, or something.”