2-year-old girl killed in car incident in Saugus
SAUGUS, Mass. (WHDH) -- A 2-year-old girl was killed in a 3-car accident Sunday, just moments after leaving a church in Saugus with her mother
A teddy bear marked the spot where the little girl was killed just outside the Family United Methodist Church. There, mourners spent the evening together.
Hours earlier, the regular Sunday service at the Brazilian church came to a close with chaos and heartbreak.
“I saw a fire truck and some police officers and I locked up the store to see what was happening because it looked like a commotion. People at the church were screaming and crying and stuff. There was no ambulance on scene. I saw them working on a little girl,” said Chris Rose.
Witnesses said members of the congregation tried to save the young girl.
“There were people on the stairs and there were a lot of people gathered around the people working on her. It sounded like a lot of women were hysterical, screaming and crying,” said Chris Rose.
“My friend said immediately he saw people rushing over and getting a hold of the young girl,” said another witness.
Earlier in the day Deana MacDonald had parked her silver jeep in front of the church. When she came back for it, police had taped it off with two other cars.
“I saw the fire truck pull up, that's it. I saw my car. They wouldn't let me near it,” said MacDonald.
Near the cars, a trail of blood streaked the sidewalks in the place where witnesses said the little girl was laid out on the ground.
Parishioners said the girl and her mother had left the building moments before an accident pushed three cars together. Police aren't saying how they believe the girl was killed.
“Obviously this is an extreme tragedy for the family. It affects the entire community as well. So we're concentrating on investigating and doing our best to do a thorough and complete investigation,” said Lt. Leonard Campanello, Assistant Chief of the Saugus Police Department.
Police are only saying that a child was killed following an accident involving a car outside the church.
The Essex District Attorney's office said it will not file charges.