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6-year-old killed in Colorado Springs crash with van 'beautiful, fun, and happy little girl'

September 25, 2017 Updated: September 26, 2017 at 6:18 am
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Charlee Cabatingan, 6.

Charlee Cabatingan "was a beautiful, fun, and happy little girl with an amazing spirit," according to a GoFundMe page raising money for her funeral expenses.

The 6-year-old girl died Sept. 21 after running her bicycle into the side of a vehicle at Cottonwood Tree Drive and Silver Birch Drive, just feet from her elementary school and a block from her home. She was riding too fast on the sidewalk and didn't stop once she reached the street, Colorado Springs police said.

The driver has not been cited. Speed and alcohol are not considered factors in the crash, police said.

Charlee's parents, Jeremy and Hallie Cabatingan, held a vigil for their daughter Sunday night at the intersection, which they dubbed "Charlee's Corner," according to a Facebook post.

"Hallie and I have avoided this corner until today," Jeremy Cabatingan wrote on Facebook. "As we walked from the school toward her corner we could literally feel the strength and love radiating from all of those behind us."

The family could not be reached for further comment.

A GoFundMe page set up in the family's honor has raised $19,375 toward funeral expenses and other needs. Charlee leaves behind three sisters and a brother.

The post quoted Jeremy, who said his daughter had "the most amazing soul."

"She was perfect in every way and we cannot begin to fathom the hole she has left in our lives," Jeremy was quoted.

Charlee was the 29th traffic-related fatality in Colorado Springs during a year that has proven especially dangerous to youth on the street.

Alexa Jaimes, 9, was struck and killed while crossing North Academy Boulevard with two adults in January, and Cyprian Cisneros, 16, was killed in February while running across Maxwell Street and Potter Drive.

Several other crashes involving youth did not turn fatal but resulted in serious injury.

Four James Monroe Elementary School students were injured while crossing in front of the school with a crossing guard in January. A 10-year-old riding a bicycle in the crosswalk at Briargate Parkway and North Powers Boulevard also was injured in July.

The three fatal pedestrian crashes in the first nine months of 2017 mark the most in a single year since 2012, when four children under the age of 20 died in three separate pedestrian versus vehicle crashes, according to police records.

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Contact Kaitlin Durbin: 636-0362

Twitter: @njKaitlinDurbin

Facebook: Kaitlin Durbin

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