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Two too many

Two 7-year-old girls struck by cars in two days, one yesterday that ended in death and another today where it appears the victim will recover.

Last night, a man accidentally ran over Amanda Wehn in Pembroke Pines, Herald writer Ani Martinez reported. Mark Presno was pulling into his driveway in his Ford F-250 pickup and didn't see Amanda, who had been playing in the street with Presno's son.

Tonight, a man driving a Chevrolet Impala hit a girl who darted across the street in Northwest Miami-Dade. The girl had been getting ice cream from an ice cream truck parked in the street, and the Impala's driver didn't see her as he maneuvered around the truck.

Both accidents happened about 5:30 p.m., right as the sun was setting. Both are examples of what can happen if children are left unsupervised in the street.

"There is no substitute for good supervision," Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Eddy Ballester said at tonight's scene on Northwest 107th Street. "It doesn't matter if a child is in a street or a parking lot, an adult should always be there to hold their hand."

Children are victims of many of the more than 70,000 pedestrian injuries that happen each year. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has some tips on how to keep kids safe.   


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