Police: 3-year-old girl killed in North Philadelphia car crash

PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) A 3-year-old old child killed in a car accident Monday night has now been identified.

The accident happened around 7:15 p.m. Monday.

"You took the life of a little girl who was happy. She was a little girl," a family friend told FOX 29.

That's how family friends described 3-year-old Esther Palmer Tuesday night as they came to a small makeshift memorial to the little girl who was killed Monday night in a crash that may have been the result of street racing.

Gabby Torres and Angelika Lopez fought back tears as they remembered Esther. They went to the same church together.

"Everybody loved her. She was just a really happy baby. I can't explain it. I can't believe this happened to us."

Police say Esther was thrown from her family car after it was struck in a violent crash at Second and West York. The 17-year-old driver of the striking car that hit them was hospitalized, according to police. He has retained an attorney. The driver of the second car believed to be racing has not been found.

"We would like to talk to the occupant if the occupant could contact police," said Accident Investigation Captain Patrick Kelly.

Family friends begged the second driver to come forward.