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Father Mourns Daughter's Death In Fatal Crash At Silver Spring Middle School

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The father of a 13-year-old girl stands looking at the spot where she was struck on Tuesday night.
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The father of a 13-year-old girl stands looking at the spot where she was struck on Tuesday night.

Montgomery County police are investigating a fatal crash in the parking lot and playground of Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring. The father of the 13-year-old girl who was killed spoke about the terrible ordeal.

The only indication that a young girl died in this park last night is a slowly drying puddle of water with faint traces of blood.

"That's my daughter's blood. I wanted to see where she lost her life," said the girl's father, who wished to remain anonymous.

He points to the blood spattered soccer jersey and shorts he is wearing: "I held her as she died in my arms."

Around 8:30 p.m. last night, the 13-year-old girl was among the spectators at a children's soccer practice. The father says they came every week. A 2008 Ford Focus in the school parking lot apparently lost control, jumped the curb and struck his daughter and another woman. The second victim sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Police believe the driver may have been a teen with a driver's learning permit. The father says the occupants in the cars "may have switched places" to confuse police about who the striking driver was. Police are looking for witnesses.

Meanwhile, the girl's father says that with his daughter's passing, "my life is as surely over as hers."

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