A 7-year-old girl was killed after an SUV crashed into a pole

Dai Nila Wray, 7, was killed after the SUV she was riding in crashed into a pole.

Dai Nila Wray, 7, was killed after the SUV she was riding in crashed into a pole.

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The family of a 7-year-old girl who died in a car accident in Ohio is asking the driver to turn himself in after leaving the scene, media reported.

Dai’Nyla Wray was riding in an SUV carrying 15 people on Sunday, Sept. 3, in Cleveland when the driver lost control and crashed into a pole, WEWS reported.

Dainaia was one of 11 children inside the car, according to WEWS.

“My baby, she was so delightful. She was such a sunshine in everyone’s life,” Day Nella’s mother, Rayona Carradine, told WEWS. “She wanted to be a dancer. “My daughter taught herself everything.”

Carradine, who was also in the SUV, told WEWS they were heading to Lake Erie for a day at the beach.

Dai’Nyla’s father, Deonte Wray, told WJW he’s still in disbelief and says he can’t understand how the driver could leave.

“You’re completely wrong. You left my kids at the scene. You left your daughter at the scene. You’re a coward,” Ray told WJW.

Police say the driver of the SUV left the scene and remains at large, according to WOIO.

“Please…just turn yourself in…please…” Carradine told WEWS.

Eyewitnesses described the scene as horrific and tragic.

“The kids just started…I pulled over in the street really fast and got up, and the kids started falling out of the car; they were in the trunk spilling out of the car. It was devastating,” Brooke Weisz, who stopped when she saw the accident, told WOIO.

WJW reported that Ray said it was difficult to describe the nightmare he was experiencing.

“Now I have to explain to my son that he will never see his sister again, and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone,” Ray told WJW.

Six children in the car were taken to the hospital. Oderian Howard, 6, was one of them, WJW reported.

“She will have to learn how to walk again. Her leg is broken in two different places,” her mother, Katie Tatro, told the outlet.

The children in the car ranged in age from 2 to 12 years old, according to WOIO.

Jennifer Rodriguez is McClatchy’s national real-time correspondent covering the Central and Midwest regions. She joined McClatchy in 2023 after covering local news in Youngstown, Ohio, for more than six years. Jennifer has achieved many accomplishments in her journalism career, including receiving the Robert R. Hare in English, the Equality and Justice Emerging Leader Award, and the Edward R. Morrow Regional, Ohio Outstanding Hispanic Award.

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