Family mourns loss of 2-year-old after SUV strikes mother with stroller

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- The community is mourning the loss of a toddler after a heartbreaking accident in Bellevue.

Authorities in Bellevue say a 2-year-old girl  in a stroller was killed when a sport-utility vehicle crashed with a smaller car and pushed it onto the sidewalk.

Police said the head-on crash happened Tuesday morning on 140th Avenue Northeast when the smaller car, a Nissan Sentra driven by a 43-year-old Bellevue man, turned left in front of an oncoming Dodge Durango driven by a 29-year-old Kirkland woman.

The SUV pushed the other car up onto the sidewalk, striking the stroller as well as the child's 25-year-old mother, Bhavya.

"All I saw was the car crash coming and when I looked out, I seen that little girl. The mother holding the little baby," said witness Shelly Miano.

The mother suffered minor injuries but the toddler was killed. Both drivers were taken to Overlake Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Stuffed animals and flowers were left at the scene Tuesday night along with a single flickering candle.

The family of 2-year-old Shraddah told Q13 FOX they will never forget her smile.

And witnesses will not soon forget the scene that played out in front of them.

"I've never seen nothing like that before. My daughter was screaming," said Miano. "Everybody was screaming on the bus."

While Bellevue police say they do not believe this is a dangerous intersection, Shraddah's family is in disbelief after her loss.

A funding page has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.

Investigators said the drivers were cooperating with the investigation, and neither drugs nor alcohol was believed to be a factor in the crash.