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20-month-old girl hit by neighbor backing out of driveway in Pontiac has died, mother says

Eliana Culbertson struck by neighbor backing SUV out of driveway

Eliana Culberson (WDIV)
Eliana Culberson (WDIV)

PONTIAC, Mich. – A 20-month-old girl who was hit by a neighbor backing out of a driveway in Pontiac has died, her mother said.

Eliana Culbertson was wandering down the sidewalk Wednesday while her mother put air in a tire when she was struck by an SUV, police said.

She was taken to Beaumont Royal Oak Hospital in critical condition, but her mother, Danielle McDonald-Culbertson, said Friday that Eliana has died. She had severe head and brain injuries.

McDonald-Culbertson said she went outside to put air in her flat tire and decided to bring Eliana with her.

"I wish I had it to do over again for that one minute," she said.

In an instant, Eliana was walking a few feet down the sidewalk in front of the home while her mother's back was turned. A neighbor driving an SUV accidentally backed over her.

McDonald-Culbertson was holding out hope that her daughter would pull through.

"I need her. I love her. Mommy is crying for her," she said Thursday.

Click here to visit the GoFundMe page for Eliana.


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