New clues in Napa hit-and-run death

June 1, 2008 7:27:33 PM PDT
Napa police say they have new information in the hit and run death of a 2-year-old girl in Napa.

The toddler was killed a little after 5:00 a.m. Saturday Morning. Police say she wandered out of her apartment and onto heavily traveled Old Sonoma Road.

Napa police say that they are now looking for a 1980's style white American four-door sedan. A driver who was passing by the scene Saturday morning came forward with that tip.

The hit-and-run driver killed a little girl who was loved and cherished by her family and those who knew her.

Mattea Reynolds would have been three this August. Napa police say the toddler was found on Old Sonoma Road at about 5:20 Saturday morning.

She was the apparent victim of a hit and run driver. Police and family so far won't say how the child managed to leave her apartment and walk up to the road.

Mattea was last seen on the street by a woman who police need to question. The woman saw Mattea and reported her to a juvenile hall employee across the street who tried to save the girl.

Mattea died at a nearby hospital. Many neighbors and young friends have left prayers and toys at a memorial. The children and parents who live at Mattea's apartment complex on Old Sonoma Road are a close knit group.

Angela Reynolds is speaking for the child's mother and grandmother.

"The family is devastated right now, everyone is devastated. Mattea was very well loved by everybody here," said Reynolds.

Napa police say they want to question the woman who saw Mattea on the street minutes before she was hit by the vehicle.

"She was wearing a dark navy blue nylon jacket with dark pants. She was carrying a lunch pail so we want to contact her to see what she saw," said Andy Lewis Napa Police Department.

The children here tell us they're afraid of playing near Old Sonoma Road because drivers unusually speed past their apartment complex.

"We're scared that they might come on the sidewalk and might hit one of us," said Mattea's friend Kiele DeWitt.


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