ST. PETERSBURG — A 1-year-old girl was killed Thursday evening when her father accidentally backed over her in the family SUV, according to a preliminary investigation by the St. Petersburg police.
Kriziyah Brown had followed her father out to the Dodge Durango about 6:50 p.m. She was standing behind the Dodge when her father, Kristian Brown, 22, backed out of the gravel driveway at 651 13th Ave. S.
Brown did not appear to know he had struck the child and started to drive away. He got a short way down the street before realizing something was wrong. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene.
St. Petersburg Police spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez said Brown was taken to the Police Department to answer questions. He did not appear impaired, and the girl's death appears to be an accident, Fernandez.
Brown lived at the home with the girl's mother, Dyshelle Peak, and four other children.
"They are very upset," Fernandez said. "Extremely distraught."
Dozens of neighbors and family members showed up at the scene. Many were crying.
Toya Jones, a neighbor and friend, said Brown is a "good guy. He loves his kids."
"He talks about his baby all the time," said Jones, 23.
Doloris Brinson said the neighborhood is usually quiet, a safe place for the children who dart between houses to play. Brinson said older children from Brown's house often play with her great-granddaughter.
"This is a pretty friendly neighborhood, and everybody has got kids," she said. "All the people in this neighborhood look out for each other."
The girl's body, shielded from the rain by a tent, remained at the end of the driveway, as police continued to investigate late into Thursday night.