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July 26, 2014

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7-year-old girl hit and killed on U.S. 93

A 7-year-old girl was hit and killed by a sport utility vehicle Wednesday in a hit-and-run incident on U.S. 93 in Arizona, seven miles from the Hoover Dam Visitor’s Center, police said.

The child’s parents had pulled into a turnout on the highway about 11:30 a.m., when the girl got out of the car and sprinted across the highway, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said.

A silver SUV headed north on the highway hit the girl and kept driving, Graves said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

An SUV matching the description of the one that hit the girl was later found parked at the visitor’s center at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Graves said.

The suspected driver is a vendor for a Scottsdale-based concessionaire at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, National Park Service spokeswoman Christie Vanover said.

He has not been arrested but was being held for questioning, Graves said.

Arizona Department of Transportation officials said the incident closed the northbound lanes of U.S. 93 between Kingman and Hoover Dam, affecting travelers headed to Las Vegas.

Drivers were being rerouted onto westbound State Route 68 to Bullhead City and then west on Nevada State Route 163. That highway connects with U.S. 95, where drivers can head north to Las Vegas.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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