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Girl, 13, Dies; Her Warning Saved Friends

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) — A 13-year-old girl killed by a vehicle that crashed into her home warned other children to get out of the way before she was struck, New York City police said.

Investigators were still trying to determine the sequence of events that left Kira Goddard and the driver of the sport utility vehicle dead Saturday in the borough of Brooklyn, The New York Times reported.

Police said Kira and a group of friends were hanging out about 10 p.m. in front of the four-story building where they lived when a Range Rover sideswiped a row of double-parked cars. The driver, Sean Lewis, then put the vehicle in reverse and it overturned, crashing into the building where the children were playing.

“She said, ‘It’s reversing back — run, run!’” said Alexia Joseph, 12, one of the children with Kira when the accident occurred. “That’s when we ran back inside [the building], but she didn’t because she was shocked.”

Kira was crushed when the vehicle pinned her against the building, police said.

When police arrived, they discovered that Lewis had been stabbed and was apparently driving himself to a hospital when the accident occurred, the New York Daily News reported. Police were trying to find out the circumstances surrounding Lewis’ injury.

Lewis, who was dead on arrival at Brookdale Hospital, had a string of petty-crime arrests, the New York Post reported. Lewis reportedly had an argument with someone over a debt a short time before the accident.

“[They] had been arguing over money the past couple of weeks,” one neighbor said.

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