ARLINGTON — A nine-year-old girl killed when she was hit by a car was buried Friday in accordance with Muslim custom.
It happened at about 7 p.m. Thursday in the 1100 block of Angel Fire Lane in Arlington.
Yasmine Abdelaziz died at the hospital, according to Tarrant County Medical Examiner records.
A late model Honda Accord driven by a 23-year-old woman struck Yasmine as she was riding a tricycle and then dragged her down the street next to Deanna Robinson's house.
Police said the motorist didn't know she had hit the girl until after driving approximately another 100 feet. Yasmine was pinned underneath.
"I feel horrible for the mother," Robinson said. "She was screaming and hollering. I started crying when I saw the child underneath the car."
Robinson said she saw Yasmine's mother, who is four months pregnant, try to lift the car.
Police and paramedics arrived, and jacked up the car to get the girl out. She was taken to the Medical Center of Arlington and then to Cook's Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, where she died of her injuries.
"It's heartbreaking to lose a child like that," Robinson said. "I was praying for her, hoping that she would make it. Unfortunately, she didn't."
Yasmine was a third grader at Harris Elementary. Mansfield Independent School District administrators brought in a team of grief counselors to help students and staff mourn.
Those who know the family said the children are always outside playing with their parents supervising.
"You can see the whole family out on their bikes and whatnot," said Jon Schwarzenberger, the Abdelaziz' next-door neighbor. "It's just incredible to think something like that would happen here."
Police said the woman who was driving the car was not impaired and cooperated with investigators. She said she did not realize she had hit anything. She has not been charged.