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Aunt Arrested After Toddler Left Unattended In Street Killed In Hit-And-Run

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

The aunt of a two-year-old girl who was killed in a fatal hit-and-run collision was arrested in San Francisco this week.

Lorysha Gage, 25, was looking after Mi'Yana Gregory and her twin brother when the girl was struck by a car on Mission Street Friday at 10:37 p.m.

Gage allegedly left the toddler unattended while she returned to the sidewalk to retrieve Mi'Yana's brother. Police say Mi'Yana was standing in the middle of the crosswalk while the light was green.

"The light was green for vehicle traffic the entire time," said police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza.

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The girl was hit by a mid-1990s, white four-door sedan that was heading east on Mission. The driver did not stop. Security footage captured the sedan speeding away. No suspects have been identified.

Esparza says there is a possibility that the driver did not know they hit anyone, but there would be evidence on the car. Police are still looking for the driver of a vehicle that is possibly a Toyota, Honda or Lexus with mismatched dark bumpers and dark rims. 

Gage was charged with felony child endangerment and booked into county jail Tuesday.

Mi'Yana’s family is asking the driver to come forward.

"You know you hit something," her great-grandmother Cynthia Johnson, 59, said at a vigil on Sunday. "Why do you not bring yourself forward and give this mom some closure?"

On Sunday afternoon stuffed animals were left at the scene of the collision for the little girl the family referred to as “My My.”

"She was the sweetest little thing," said her father Michael Gregory, 20. "She liked to dance. She liked 'Sesame Street.' She had a smile that could light up a room."

He said her twin brother, Michael Gregory Jr., is still thinking about her.

"He woke up this morning and asked, 'Where's My My?'" he told said the San Francisco Chronicle.

Sources: San Francisco Chronicle (2)

Image screenshot: Flickr Creative Commons / IntangibleArts, Craig Hudson/The Chronicle