3-Year-Old Boy Was Driving Truck That Fatally Struck Girl, 2, in Parking Lot: 'We Want Justice,' Mom Says

The 3-year-old's dad was inside the gas station store when the child got out of his car seat and into the driver's seat, police said

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Ailahni Sanchez Martinez
  • A 3-year-old was in the driver's seat when a truck fatally struck another toddler in California on Saturday, police said

  • The crash happened when the 3-year-old "got out of their car seat and got into the driver's seat" and struck 2-year-old Ailahni Sanchez Martinez as the dad was in a gas station store

  • No arrests have been made at this time, according to police

Police in California say a 3-year-old was behind the wheel of a car that fatally struck another toddler at a gas station parking lot over the weekend.

Officers with the Woodland Police Department were dispatched around 3:45 p.m. local time to the 300 block of West Street for the report of a child who was hit by a vehicle, the department said in a news release on Facebook.

"Officers arrived and determined that a two-year-old child had been hit and transported by family members to the hospital where they passed away from their injuries," according to police.

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The toddler was later identified by her parents as Ailahni Sanchez Martinez, NBC affiliate KCRA reported.

Officers found a man at the scene who was the owner of the truck. However, an investigation determined that the individual was inside the gas station store at the time of the accident, and he left his truck running at a gas pump.

"A three-year-old child inside was in the backseat of the truck, in a car seat," police said in the release. But while inside the store, the 3-year-old "got out of their car seat and got into the driver's seat. The truck began moving forward, and it collided with a two-year-old child who was near a taco stand on the edge of the lot."

Ailahni's mother, Rosa Martinez, told KCRA that they were setting up their taco stand when they saw the truck hit their daughter, who was just a month away from her birthday.

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"I heard a scream and ran because I saw it going toward my daughter, but it was too late," Sanchez said.

No arrests have been made at this time, and police said all parties involved have cooperated with the investigation. But the family is hoping for action.

“We want justice,” Sanchez told the outlet.

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Once completed, police said the investigation will be forwarded to the district attorney’s office for review.

PEOPLE has reached out to the DA's office for comment.

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A GoFundMe fundraiser for the family has raised over $17,000 as of Tuesday morning.

"Ailahni was a beautiful [and] talented 2 almost 3 year old ... little princess was taken to soon from us," the tribute noted.

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