Family of 2-year-old fatally struck returns to tragic site

BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- The community is mourning a two-year-old girl who was struck and killed Saturday in Bowie, Maryland.

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A driver of a van collided into the toddler and her grandmother as they walked across Rt. 197 at Old Chapel Road. The family returned to the site of the tragic accident on Sunday.

The mother, father, friends and family of two-year-old Dynesti left balloons and stuffed teddy bears near the spot where she and her grandmother were crossing Rt. 197 when she was struck and killed.

The family cried out for answers as they huddled together. The parents of Dynesti are overcome by grief.

"This was their life, her only child her," a relative said.

Tears fall like rain drops for the toddler who was looking forward to her third birthday.

Her father took a symbolic walk, stopping at the point where a van struck and killed his little girl.

Dynesti and her grandmother had gone to CVS to kill time waiting for an oil change. Her father was at the mechanic shop and saw his world shattered in that moment as the two were crossing the road.

He picked his young daughter off the ground and ran after the driver. He says the van stopped a block away.

"We just lost a precious two-year-old, my niece, my great niece," said Deborah Thompson, a relative.

The family says more needs to be done to alert drivers of people crossing the busy route.

"There should be a yield pedestrian sign or something," her uncle, Antonio Barnes said.

Just slow down and be careful slow down and watch out for pedestrians," Thompson said.

The girl's grandmother is in the hospital recovering from her injuries. Charges are still pending.

A friend has set up a gofundme account to help the family pay for funeral costs:


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