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2-year-old Killed In Burlington Hit And Run

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Burlington, Iowa, police say 34-year-old Phillip Evans of Wood River, Illinois, hit a two-year-old girl with his pickup truck, then fled the scene Saturday. At around 9:30 PM, emergency crews responded to calls to the Midtown Motel on Mount Pleasant Street in Burlington for a report of a child struck by a vehicle. Police say the community played a big part in helping identify the suspect.

"We didn't even realize that her and her brother had gotten outside," said Veronica Marut, who is staying at Midtown Motel.

She says the girl's mother, father and two siblings had come to her motel room around 15 minutes before the girl was hit. She says the adults were making dinner for the children.

"All of a sudden, her brother had come running in, 'Daddy, daddy, Dniyah got hit by a car,'" she said.

She says the girl's father brought her inside. Then, they took her back outside, she says, laying the little girl down in the parking lot across the street.

"We took her over there, to wait for paramedics, and I jumped out on the ground, and started doing CPR on her until the paramedics got here," she said. "I thought I had her breathing again, and then, when I rolled her back over, she wasn't breathing at all."

The girl was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Police worked with motel staff to help identify the suspect.

"I never heard this before," Midtown co-owner Rita Gandhi said. "Nothing like that."

She says they installed security cameras less than a month ago.

"The fact that they decided to add that security camera assists us hugely in this investigation," said Lt. Jeff Klein of the Burlington Police Department.

Gandhi says she's glad to assist the police with the investigation.

"If they need more information, they always come here, and we help them whatever we can," she said.

Marut says the girl's five-year-old brother saw his sister get hit. Police say they talked with him about the incident.

"Anybody, whether it's an adult or child, that sees something like that is going to be pretty shook up, so we take great lengths to conduct complete interviews with everybody that is there," Lt. Klein said. "So, we gather as much information as we can, considering the age of the people that we're talking to."

He says Evans was staying at the motel.

"The accident occurred, he left, and then he returned sometime later, which is how we made contact with him," he said.

Police say alcohol was a factor, and the investigation will continue for some time. Evans is scheduled to appear before a judge tomorrow morning, and the court process will continue.

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