Update: Child Dies after NLR Accident Involving Cars Police Believe Were Racing

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A 12-year-old girl has died after a Wednesday afternoon accident involving two cars police believe were racing.

In a news release issued shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, the North Little Rock Police Department (NLRPD) identified the victim as Aniyah Dilworth.

The NLRPD also reported that three other people were injured in the crash that mangled both vehicles and broke one apart. Police say each vehicle had two occupants.

“Got a call it was my sister…screaming Aniyah she’s gone,” says Amelia White. “I didn’t know what to say or to think because that’s a part of me…that’s an innocent life gone.”

Just after noon on Wednesday, the NLRPD says the two cars were racing eastbound on Riverfront Dr. when they both wrecked. Family says Aniyah was in the car with her father, who survived. 

“It is a shame that this has even happened. It’s horribly tragic,” says Sgt. Amy Cooper with the NLRPD. 

Police say street racing isn’t a frequent problem, and in fact, this would be the first street racing crash that detectives have covered in at least five years.

“Have people who walk every day, go to [the] park every day, walk dogs every day, live very close to the roadway, like apartments behind us here. As tragic as this accident is, we’re just very fortunate no bystanders were injured during this incident,” Sgt. Cooper continues.

It only took a couple of hours for crews to clear the scene but it’ll take much longer for these hearts to heal.

“She’s amazing. She’s smart. She’s a sweet happy child,” Amelia says of Aniyah. “You might not ever be able to get over something like that.”

Police have not determined exactly how fast the cars were going but likely much faster than the 40 mph posted speed limit.

We’re told the three who survived the crash remain hospitalized and are recovering.

Original story:
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A Wednesday afternoon accident that left four people injured is under investigation.

It happened around 12:20 at Riverfront Dr. and Cypress Street, shutting down traffic through the area.

The North Little Rock Police Department (NLRPD) believes the accident is the result of racing.

Officers found two vehicles involved in the accident. Pictures from the scene show one of the cars had been completely sliced in half. 

Police say the injured were taken to the hospital for treatment of “significant injuries.” 

The NLRPD says illegal racing is not a common thing they deal with, especially in the middle of the day on a street like Riverfront. 

The cars were both headed east and police have not yet determined how fast they were going. Considering the extensive damage to both vehicles, they were clearly going over the 35 mph speed limit.

This happened in a busy area not far from an apartment complex, Verizon Arena and Riverfront Park.

Police say it’s just a miracle more people weren’t hurt. 

As of late Tuesday afternoon there was no update on the condition of the people injured in the crash.

One officer told our reporter at the scene he’s been on the force more than 20 years and has never seen anything like this.

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