Police: Vehicle involved in hit-and-run crash that killed 5-year-old girl recovered

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police have recovered the Porsche Cayenne involved in the hit-and-run crash that happened in the neighborhood near Fond du Lac and Hampton Sunday, November 6th. Five-year-old Rickyia Langham was killed.

The vehicle was recovered on Milwaukee’s north side on Monday, November 7th.

Police said they have made one arrest in connection with the incident -- and continue to seek a known suspect/driver.

Family members of the little girl struck and killed are pleading for the striking driver to turn themselves in -- and for anyone with information to call police.

Rickyia Langham

Rickyia Langham

Lechelle Yarbrought, Rickyia Langham's mother, said she and her daughter were just about to cross Leon Terrace Sunday when this happened.

Lechelle Yarbrought

Lechelle Yarbrought

"When that car hit her, the tips of our fingers left each other because the impact -- hit my baby and threw her in the air," Yarbrought said.

Yarbrought said as they went to cross the street in between two vehicles, an SUV headed southbound slowed down. Yarbrought said she believed the SUV's driver was slowing to allow them to cross.

She said perhaps, the driver became impatient, because the vehicle suddenly sped up, and struck five-year-old Rickyia Langham with its passenger side headlight before running her over.

"Whoever did it, I beg you to please turn yourself in because my baby didn't deserve this," Yarbrought said.

Another vigil in Rickyia Langham's honor took place at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 8th.

One-by-one, loved ones lit candles spelling out Rickyia's name. At one point, Rickyia's grieving mother was taken inside.

One of the girl's kindergarten teachers at 81st Elementary School spoke of their last encounter together.

"She was trying to learn the monkey bars on Friday. She would not give up. By the end of the day she was doing the monkey bars," Francesca Ferraro said.

A five-year-old classmate told the crowd Rickyia was his best friend.

"She was my best friend forever," he said.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Milwaukee Police Department at 414-935-7360.

Meanwhile, a memorial fund has been set up for Rickyia Langham. Donations can be made at any Educators Credit Union branch.

Memorial for Rickyia Langham

Memorial for Rickyia Langham

Memorial for Rickyia Langham

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3 comments

  • Charles

    There should be at least a 10 year mandatory minimum for leaving the scene of an accident where a human is hurt. 20 years if the person dies!

    • Mike Johnson

      should be worse that that. and to the crappy district attorneys in Milwaukee stop the stupid plea deals. make these fools go before judge and jury and throw the book at them. accidents can and do happen but IF this was an accident there was no reason to flee the scene. but when you take off you’ve immediately determined your guilt

  • melanie

    Crosswalks will always be the safest place to cross. My brother got hit by a car going in between two cars like this also (thankfully he survived), but I urge people to walk the extra block or two to make it to a lighted crosswalk. (I know there are plenty of them in the area this tragedy happened)

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