Police Arrest Man After Two Girls Killed In Hit & Run

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Police have arrested a man in connection with a hit-and-run accident that left two young girls dead.

Louisville Police Sergeant Mike Minniear says the driver ran a red light and hit the four and five-year-old girls and a woman. The woman has been hospitalized with injuries that aren't believed to be life-threatening.

Police say an officer had pulled the car over about a half-mile south of where the girls were hit. When the officer approached the suspect's Pontiac Grand Am, police say he took off "at a very high rate of speed."

The car was found abandoned about three blocks from where the girls were hit.

Police did not immediately name the man under arrest. Authorities named the girls as four-year-old Riley Jane Lawrence and five-year-old Claudia Faye Wadlington.

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