6-year-old crossing South Side street dies after being hit by car

Tribune reporters

A 6-year-old girl was killed and a 16-year-old family friend was injured after being struck by a car Saturday evening as they were walking to a Halloween party on the South Side, according to family and police.

Diamond Robinson, of the 6700 block of South Michigan Avenue, was pronounced dead at 10:46 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Diamond was walking with a female friend of the family at 70th Street and Loomis Boulevard about 8:20 p.m. when they were struck by a car driven by a 36-year-old man. The 16-year-old girl suffered a broken arm in the accident. She's in stable condition at Christ Advocate Medical Center, according to police.

The man, who was driving his car south on Loomis, was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk resulting in death, failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk resulting in personal injury, driving too fast for conditions and not having insurance.

Diamond's family gathered at her home today and remembered the girl who had just started the first grade at Brownell Elementary School, 6741 S. Michigan Ave.

The girl's great-grandmother, Jeanette Tucker, said Diamond was staying with friends of the family for the weekend and had been headed to the party with the older girl. Other relatives said the party was at Loomis and 71st.

"She was very happy," Tucker said. "She would sit and hold a conversation with you like she was a grown woman."

Tucker also remembered the girl's fondness for dolls and said she had a sweet tooth for cookies and candy.

The family remained shocked and have not told Diamond’' 3-year-old and 8-year-old brothers of her death.

"Even though you see things like this every day, you never think it's going to happen to you," Tucker said. "She was a sweet little girl."

At the scene where the accident happened, friends, family and neighbors left orange and purple balloons, a white teddy bear and a bouquet of pink gladiolas. A card on the flowers read "Somebody prayed for you."

Wilivory Barrett, a neighbor, said he heard tires screeching Saturday and came out of his home.

"I saw the little girl lying right there," he said, pointing to the street near where the makeshift memorial had been erected.

"The guy that hit them, he tried to help," Barrett said. "He didn't leave. He was lying there on the floor with her."

Barrett said he didn't see the girls before the accident, but he suspects that the girls tried to cross Loomis Street, where cars are known to speed by.

"I guess they tried to beat the car," he said. "It was too late."

bschlikerman@tribune.com and pnickeas@tribune.com

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