Coroner releases name of Hanover girl fatally struck by van

Liz Evans Scolforo

The white utility van that struck little Dakota Wright in Hanover on Tuesday night never stopped, police said.

After hitting and mortally wounding 4-year-old Dakota, the van took off, heading eastbound on Princess Street toward Sprenkle Avenue in the borough, according to Hanover Police Chief Chad Martin.

Four-year-old Dakota Wright was fatally struck by a hit-and-run van outside her Hanover home on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.
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She was rushed to Hanover Hospital's emergency room by ambulance, police said, but she could not be saved.

Dakota, of Princess Street in the borough, died of multiple injuries, according to Chief Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley, who pronounced the little girl dead at 7:26 p.m.

Dakota was in the 200 block of Princess Street when she was struck about 7:11 p.m, according to Martin.

The chief said Dakota had just arrived with an adult and was crossing the street to her home when she was hit.

Police are now asking anyone who might have information about the hit-and-run van to come forward and help police identify the driver.

It's described as a white full-size utility van with some sort of writing on the side and a ladder rack on the roof, Martin said. There was a ladder attached to that rack, he said.

Police seek utility van, driver who struck, killed girl, 4

The van driver is believed to be a white man, possibly with a beard, according to the chief.

Anyone with information is urged to call Hanover Police at (717) 637-5575, or call 911.

Assisting police and the York County Coroner's Office at the scene were firefighters from Hanover and Penn Township, as well as a Penn Township ambulance crew.

An autopsy was performed Wednesday morning at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital, according to a news release from Stabley.

A friend of the Wright family has started an online fundraising effort to help Dakota's parents pay for funeral expenses. It can be found at

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