FHP: Toddler hit and killed by vehicle in Palmetto

Troopers say a 23-month-old girl wandered into traffic and was and killed by an SUV in Palmetto Friday morning. 

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the incident occurred around 11:15 a.m. on 5510 69th E. in Palmetto, which is just east of Interstate 75.

Troopers said Arayah Phillips was outside on her own when she darted into the street and into the path of an SUV driven by a 75-year-old woman.

"Unfortunately, the child was not being looked after well and was able to gain access to the roadway," FHP Trooper Ken Watson told FOX 13. "It's a horrific scene for everybody. She should have never been near the roadway without adult supervision... A 2-year-old has no business being in or around the roadway."

According to FHP, the driver, who was traveling the speed limit, had no time to stop before hitting the child. No charges have been filed against her. 

Watson said the driver was being medically evaluated because she was so devastated following the crash.

This is a developing story. FOX 13's Kim Kuizon will have more this afternoon.