Young girl dies after being hit by car, mother and brother in hospital

SPOKANE, Wash. - 22527344

A Spokane girl, hit by a car while crossing the road with her family Friday night, has died.

The Spokane Police Department said the five-year-old girl died Saturday morning. 

Police said the girl's mother is in critical condition and her brother is in serious condition.  

The family was hit by a station wagon while trying to cross Monroe Street near Mansfield.  Police said the driver is cooperating and has not been arrested.

By Saturday morning, neighbors started leaving flowers and stuffed animals at the crash scene to honor the little girl and her family.

"It's really sad," said Brittany Howard, who lives nearby.

Howard didn't know the girl or her family but she knows all to well how difficult it can be to cross Monroe.

"You can go to the crosswalks and stand there and literally nobody will stop and if you do get one person to stop the other person flies down the next lane," she said.

"And literally have to put the kids behind me get out in front of the cars, look and okay go. My kids even know if I yell run that they are to run across the street as fast as they can and not look back," she added.

It's still unclear whether or not the family was in a crosswalk.

Regardless, neighbors say this tragedy highlights the need to improve pedestrian safety along Monroe.

"They need to have flashing yellow lights at least, signs letting people know to stop for pedestrians," said Howard.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.