Bradenton, Florida -- The Florida Highway Patrol has released their findings of the investigation into the death of a 4-year-old who was hit and killed in her driveway on Sept. 6.
The investigation revealed the poor mechanical condition of the car was a contributing factor to the crash that resulted in the girl's death.
Troopers say the car was stopped in the driveway of the home in the 2500 block of 38th Avenue East asGracie Moreno and another family member tried to push the 1992 Lexus ES300 closer to the home. When they couldn't push the car, Moreno got into the driver's seat and turned the wheels to the left.
When she started the engine as her daughter walked in front of the car, it lunged forward hitting the girl. The car continued to travel across the property and hit a fence, a gate, and two utility poles before coming to a stop.
The FHP reports the car was in a state of disrepair, was not properly maintained and had weak brakes. When they started the car in any gear, it would move forward and, because it had weak brakes, continued to move forward without stopping until the engine was turned off.
No charges have been filed in the crash.