Investigators were working this week to determine how a 7-year-old girl was struck and killed during a Santa Fe Springs custom car show that featured a “car-hopping” contest of bouncing vehicles.
Mia Chatman of Gardena was killed around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at the show at a warehouse at 10230 Freeman Ave., according to Officer Bradley White of the Whittier Police Department, which patrols Santa Fe Springs under contract, and Lt. Joe Bale of the coroner’s office,
White said Chatman was struck when a driver lost control of a vehicle while exiting the building, killing her instantly.
Officer Diane Liberti said the gathering featured a “car-hopping competition,” which features low-rider vehicles that are equipped with hydraulics to help them bounce.
It was unclear if the girl was struck by a bouncing vehicle or if the car-hopping competition had ended before the girl was hit.
“The operator lost control of the vehicle and struck a 7-year-old female, which resulted in her death,” Liberti said.