By Ava-joye Burnett

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A nine-year-old girl has died after a crash outside her school in Southwest Baltimore.

It happened around 2:20 p.m. Thursday in front of Steuart Hill Academy on S. Gilmor Street.

Sky Eye Chopper 13 was over the scene, where there was a large police presence.

Investigators say a driver fleeing from police ran a red light just as school was letting out. Detectives believe he was in a stolen Jeep Liberty.

“We have several witnesses who have confirmed, who told us, that the officer arrived after the accident occurred. We don’t believe a pursuit took place. She never got a chance to chase behind the suspect, ” said Det. Donny Moses, Baltimore City Police Department.

The speeding suspect then struck a vehicle and hit third grader Amirah Kinlaw of Kuper Place and a crossing guard, and continued driving. Kinlaw later died from her injuries.

“To get that information that it was your baby girl, all the feeling is just rage,” said Leon Carter, father.

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Detective say the suspect slammed into several parked cars before he bailed out of the vehicle and ran. He remains on the loose.

“We’re hoping that anybody — there were a lot of people out here, school was letting out, parents were picking up their kids — somebody saw this guy,” Det. Moses said.

The driver of the first vehicle hit was listed in critical condition. The crossing guard suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Another nine-year-old boy was also struck by flying debris. He was treated and released.

“Whoever done this, man, just turn yourself in. It would be better to do that than to be on the run,” Amirah’s father said.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 410-396-2606 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.


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