6-year-old girl dies weeks after being hit by car on Kansas City highway

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A 6-year-old Kansas City girl has died from injuries she suffered more than a month ago when she was hit by a vehicle.

Kansas City police said 6-year-old Naveyah Hayes died Friday, 34 days after she was hit by a Kia Optima on Highway 40.

Police say the girl was running across the highway when she was struck Dec. 21.

Police say the driver didn't see the girl before she was hit. The driver stopped, did not show any signs of impairment and cooperated with the investigation.

The Kansas City Star reported the girl ran away from her foster home at least twice before she was injured.

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Authorities say a 6-year-old girl who was struck by a car along a Kansas City highway had run from a state foster home at least twice.

The Kansas City Star reports that the child remains in critical condition after she was hit Dec. 21 running across U.S. 40 toward the Tool Shed Lounge biker bar.

Ten days earlier, bar patrons called police to come get the girl after finding her wandering in the dark along the four-lane highway. Kansas City Police spokesman Capt. Lionel Colon says officers returned the child to her foster home. He says police also alerted "a state-appointed social service worker."

A Missouri Department of Social Services spokeswoman says no records can be released until it's determined that doing so won't harm the child or siblings.

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