Neighbors: Toddler seriously injured after being hit by vehicle

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DENVER -- A young girl was hit by a car in a west Denver neighborhood on Saturday afternoon.

Residents in the area of West Ninth Avenue and Bryant Street said the girl was around 2 years old. The Denver Police Department had not confirmed that information Saturday night.

Investigators said the victim was seriously injured and rushed to a hospital. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.

It happened about 1 p.m. in the Sun Valley neighborhood. Many homes have young children living in them, so the streets sometimes double as a playground.

It's about 100 yards from an elementary school and there were a lot of children outside in the neighborhood Saturday afternoon.

"The kids are always out here. They're always running and playing and having a good time. It's unfortunate," a neighbor said.

Police were looking into the circumstances of this crash and did not say if the driver did anything wrong.

Parents in the area said that in the past, speeding has been a problem in the area.

"Something needs to be done. Put some speed bumps through here so they`re not able to do this. She`s not the first child that`s been hit over here and she`s probably not going to be the last, sad to say," one said.

Neighbors spent the afternoon hoping for the best while also coming together to support each other.

"Everyone's hearts are heavy tonight," one said.