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'This is an absolute tragedy': Vancouver police arrest driver in crash that claimed life of infant girl

No charges have been filed yet, and police are looking for witnesses to come forward
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Vancouver Police are asking for witnesses to a horrific two-car crash in downtown Vancouver Tuesday night to come forward. File photo

Vancouver Police have released more details about a two-car crash that took the life of an infant girl and left her father injured Tuesday night.

Authorities say a black Ford Escape collided with a black Mclaren in the intersection of Smithe and Hornby streets just after 6 p.m. on July 6.

When one of the vehicles went up onto the sidewalk, the driver struck a 31-year-old man who was carrying his 11-month-old daughter.

The girl died instantly, say police.

“This is an absolute tragedy,” says Constable Tania Visintin, VPD in a media release. “Our most heart-felt condolences go out to the parents and family of this little girl.”

The girl's father was taken to the hospital for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police note that both drivers remained on scene.

The 29-year-old male driver of the Ford Escape was arrested, however, no charges have been recommended at this time.

Police say the investigation is ongoing, and they are appealing to the public for any witnesses to come forward.

Investigators are asking for witnesses or anyone with dash-cam footage in the area of Hornby and Smithe streets on July 6 at around 6 p.m. to call VPD’s Collision Investigation Unit at 604-717-3012.