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Heroic 10-Year-Old Girl Killed After Saving Two Toddlers From Rolling Car

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A 10-year-old girl was struck by a car and killed after she pushed two younger children out of the vehicle's path.Kiera Larsen, 10, was struck by a 1999 Mercedes-Benz and killed as it rolled backwards down a dirt driveway in Lakeside in San Diego County on Monday night, Fox 5 San Diego reports. She was acting as a hero, pushing two younger girls, ages 1 and 2, out of the way of the rolling car before being struck herself. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she later died.

The two younger girls' mother, Alissa Jenkins, told Fox 5, "She saved both my daughters' lives."

Investigators aren't sure yet how the car began rolling backwards in the first place.

"We're going to do an inspection on the vehicle, find out why this happened, find out if there was some sort of malfunction on the vehicle and go from there," CHP Officer Kevin Pearlstein said.

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A GoFundMe to help the Larsen's pay for funeral expenses states: "Those of you who had the pleasure of knowing Kiera know that she is such an amazing, beautiful, smart and funny little girl. She truly brings so much love and happiness to so many people."