6-Year-Old Struck and Killed in Connecticut - NECN

6-Year-Old Struck and Killed in Connecticut

A 6-year-old girl was struck and killed while playing at a friend's house in Ansonia Thursday evening. (Published Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015)

Police are investigating after a 6-year-old girl was struck and killed while playing at a friend's house in Ansonia Thursday evening.

Investigators believe the child, Leah Rondon of Ansonia, was riding on a wagon that went into the road near the intersection of Ford Street and Hughes Circle.

She was struck by an SUV around 4:45 p.m. and was prounounced dead at Griffin Hospital, according to police.

"It's a sad event. It's a tragic event for both, you know, the family of the child and the driver here," said Ansonia police spokesman Lt. Andrew Cota.

Dozens of community members gathered at Nolan Field in Ansonia to remember Leah and mourn her death.

"(She was) always happy, never seemed to be in a bad mood," said family friend Tony Anderson, who knew Leah through children's sports.

Police said the driver, a 54-year-old man from Ansonia, is cooperating with investigators.

"He stopped quickly, even tried to render aid, as far as we can tell, what we're being told by witnesses," Cota said.

While it's still too early to determine whether drugs, alcohol or speed played a part in the crash, Cota said they don't appear to have factored in. No charges have been filed.

Leah is the second 6-year-old from Ansonia killed this week.

Nyah Marcano died Tuesday after being thrown from a car during a crash on Route 8 in Shelton

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