Funeral for 4-year-old girl killed by runaway SUV - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Funeral for 4-year-old girl killed by runaway SUV

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

A funeral will be held Sunday for the 4-year-old girl who was killed by an SUV on the Upper West Side last week.

Mourners have been pouring in Leo F. Kearns funeral home in Rego Park, Queens all afternoon to say goodbye to a little girl gone far too soon.

This is something that should never happen, children attending a wake for another child.

"Just a beautiful, beautiful little girl, all I can say – this is a horrific tragedy."

The horror occurred last Tuesday morning at 97th Street and Amsterdam Avenue as Ariel walked to preschool with her grandmother.

Police say a 17-year-old speeding driver jumped the curb and hit them.

Ariel's grandmother remains hospitalized in critical but and in stable condition. The driver, Franklin Reyes, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter.

In addition to the crash investigation, FDNY officials are investigating why an ambulance was dispatched four minutes after the initial 911 call. Officials say the dispatcher missed the alert on her screen because she got up from her desk before relief came.

However, the dispatcher union says it was a technical glitch -- not human error.

A family friend Henry Ortiz says the family is still in a state of shock.

"Something beyond your imagination -- I have kids of my own."

The 911 dispatcher in question is still on the job taking call while an investigation into her actions remains underway.  

Officials say they can't speculate on whether or not that four minute delay could have saved Ariel's life.  

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • Tyga calls for Empire State Building to go gold

    Tyga calls for Empire State Building to go gold

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:37:52 GMT
    The push to go gold for pediatric cancer has spread to the hip hop world. Popular rapper Tyga is joining those calling for the Empire State Building to light up for a good cause.
    The push to go gold for pediatric cancer has spread to the hip hop world. Popular rapper Tyga is joining those calling for the Empire State Building to light up for a good cause.
  • Times Square to go gold for cancer research

    Times Square to go gold for cancer research

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:04:06 GMT
    Things are looking up for cute little Cami King. Not only is her cancer in remission, she also just got to meet Mickey, Minnie and Elmo in Times Square. But, if you can believe it, there's something else this 4-year-old is even more excited about: Times Square is going gold. The chairman of the Times Square Advertising Coalition announced the crossroads of the world is going to light up in gold to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research.
    Things are looking up for cute little Cami King. Not only is her cancer in remission, she also just got to meet Mickey, Minnie and Elmo in Times Square. But, if you can believe it, there's something else this 4-year-old is even more excited about: Times Square is going gold. The chairman of the Times Square Advertising Coalition announced the crossroads of the world is going to light up in gold to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research.
  • Times Square characters: we don't work for free

    Times Square characters: we don't work for free

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-08-19 21:42:12 GMT
    Times Square characters want to be taken seriously and want their tips. The mostly immigrant workers are now called the Association of Artists United for a Smile and are fighting to protect their jobs, in light of a recent crackdown. Jorge Duran says he makes about $150 a day in tips dressing up as the Statue of Liberty. He says he stands around for hours, sweating inside a costume, and says it is annoying and unfair if he poses for a good picture and gets nothing.
    Times Square characters want to be taken seriously and want their tips. The mostly immigrant workers are now called the Association of Artists United for a Smile and are fighting to protect their jobs, in light of a recent crackdown. Jorge Duran says he makes about $150 a day in tips dressing up as the Statue of Liberty. He says he stands around for hours, sweating inside a costume, and says it is annoying and unfair if he poses for a good picture and gets nothing.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices