The following comes from an October 7 story posted on SFGate.com.
Grief-stricken parishioners packed a Daly City church Sunday, a day after a 6-year-old girl walking with her mother to religious school was struck by a car and killed in the church parking lot in front of dozens of horrified church-goers.
“The whole parish is praying for the family. No one has experienced anything like this. … We’re just praying up a storm for them,” said the Rev. Piers Lahey, pastor at St. Andrew Catholic Church, where the incident happened just before 9 a.m. Saturday. “The kids, especially. A lot of kids saw this and we are very concerned for them.”
The girl, identified by the San Francisco medical examiner’s office as Danielle Naval of Daly City, was crossing the parking lot of St. Andrew amid the rush of families and other churchgoers hurrying to Mass and religious school. The driver of a 2007 Toyota minivan apparently lost control of her vehicle and it lurched forward, jumping a curb and pinning the girl, her mother and another woman on the ground, police and witnesses said.
At least six people rushed over and attempted to lift the car, said Jose Lobo, 70, of Daly City, who hurried out of church when he heard the commotion.
“They tried, but they couldn’t lift it because it was too heavy,” said Lobo, who wept Sunday as he recounted the tragedy. “Someone had a jack and they finally got the car lifted, but it was too late.”
The three victims were transported to San Francisco General Hospital , where the girl later died of her injuries. Her mother and the other woman were still hospitalized Monday.
The driver’s name was not released and it was not clear Sunday what, if any, charges would be filed against her. The cause of the collision and circumstances surrounding it remain under investigation by Daly City police.
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