SAN FRANCISCO -- The aunt of a two-year-old girl struck and killed by a car last week has been charged with felony child endangerment for leaving the child alone in the middle of the street, San Francisco police said Tuesday.

The incident occurred last Friday at 10:30 p.m. on Mission Street between Fourth and Fifth streets. Police say the toddler's aunt, 25-year-old Loyresha Gage of San Francisco, walked with the girl into the middle of the crosswalk -- against the pedestrian signal -- then left the girl in the street while she went to retrieve the child's twin brother.

At the same time, a car was driving through the intersection on a green light and struck the girl, killing her. The driver did not stop and has not yet been apprehended. The vehicle is described as a white mid-1990s four-door sedan, possibly a Toyota Camry, Honda or Lexus, with a dark-colored mismatched front bumper and dark or black rims, according to police.

Gage has been arrested and is being held at San Francisco County Jail.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact police at 415-575-4444.

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