West Palm Beach police do not plan to press criminal charges in the death of Eileen Tomas-Perez on Tuesday in a parking lot along 45th Street.
| Palm Beach Post
WEST PALM BEACH – Little Eileen Tomas-Perez came to church Tuesday night to celebrate her second birthday, but she never got inside.
West Palm Beach police say the toddler wandered in front her family’s car and was struck. She died on her birthday.
According to police, about 8 p.m. Tuesday, the family’s 2012 Chevrolet Cruze stopped in the lot of 1709 45th Street to unload four people. Eileen walked from the passenger side to the front of the car that her brother Allan, 20, was pulling forward.
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“Due to the short height of Eileen and the dark parking lot, Allan was not able to see Eileen and ran her over at a very slow speed,” police said in a statement.
The girl was taken as a trauma patient to St. Mary’s Medical Center, a mile east of the crash site, where she was pronounced dead, police said. The statement said drugs and alcohol were not factors and no criminal charges are planned.
Pasqual Tomas-Morales, the little girl’s father, said Wednesday morning the family still was too distraught to talk.
The pastor of Righteous Chapel Church said Wednesday she loans the church space at times to a Hispanic church and had let that church use it for the little girl’s party.
Staff researcher Melanie Mena contributed to this story.