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Authorities Looking for Driver Who Caused the Death of 4-Year-Old Girl and Left 2 in Critical Condition

LAPD are investigating the crash as a non-contact hit-and-run. 

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Police are looking for the driver accused of causing a crash that killed a 4-year-old girl and seriously injured her older brother and father. 

The crash happened Friday when Adriana Rodriguez, daughter Jayda, her 5-year-old son, Robbie, and their father were leaving Harbor Lake. The family was driving down Vermont, when witnesses watched the tragic crash unfold in front of them. 

“This person got in their car, did an illegal u-turn, by that time, the driver was already in the truck coming down, and he tried to avoid hitting the other car," a witness said.

The children's father, driving the truck, swerved to avoid the crash, then lost control and hit a tree and light pole. Witnesses say the other driver took off.

The young family was rushed to the hospital, where Rodriguez says Jayda died.

Pictures of the young girl surrounded by candles, flowers and messages were visible at a vigil held Saturday night

“Her sassy little self, always dancing, always playing around with the bigger kids."

That's how Adriana Rodriguez is remembering her 4-year-old daughter.

Rodriguez, surrounded by loved one's Saturday night, is making a desperate plea for help.

“Whoever did this, whoever took my baby, turn yourself in."

LAPD are investigating the crash as a non-contact hit-and-run. 

If you have any information on the incident, call the police. 

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