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4-Year Old Girl Killed In Front Of Her Home By Hit-And-Run Driver

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A four-year old girl in Glendale was killed in a hit-and-run when she ran into the street in front of her home. The impact threw the girl 40 feet in the air.

Violeta Khachaturya was playing in the front yard of her home on Wilson Street, near Olive Street, when she ran into the street just before 5 p.m. An eyewitness old NBC 4 that she heard her family call for the girl to not run into the street before the car hit her. "All I saw is that she flew from the car," she added.

The car driving westbound down the street hit Violeta so forcefully that the girl was thrown 40 feet in the air into the back of a parked car, shattering the rear window and leaving a dent in the hatchback door. The driver might not have seen Violeta run into the street until the last second. "It is apparent that the child unfortunately ran into the street in between two parked cars," Sergeant Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department told KTLA. She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The car in the hit-and-run was described as a white- or beige-colored sedan, but otherwise there was no description of the driver. Authorities are asking the driver to turn him or herself in. "Not remaining on the scene is a hit-and-run... There's shock when something like that happens. And I'm sure the person was probably in fear," Sgt. Lorenz added.

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"This is a child that had hopes and dreams that one day she could be something and now she's no longer with us," family friend Arshak Bareghmayan said.