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Funeral for 4-year-old girl killed by runaway SUV

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A funeral will be held Sunday for the 4-year-old girl who was killed by an SUV on the Upper West Side last week.

Mourners have been pouring in Leo F. Kearns funeral home in Rego Park, Queens all afternoon to say goodbye to a little girl gone far too soon.

This is something that should never happen, children attending a wake for another child.

"Just a beautiful, beautiful little girl, all I can say – this is a horrific tragedy."

The horror occurred last Tuesday morning at 97th Street and Amsterdam Avenue as Ariel walked to preschool with her grandmother.

Police say a 17-year-old speeding driver jumped the curb and hit them.

Ariel's grandmother remains hospitalized in critical but and in stable condition. The driver, Franklin Reyes, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter.

In addition to the crash investigation, FDNY officials are investigating why an ambulance was dispatched four minutes after the initial 911 call. Officials say the dispatcher missed the alert on her screen because she got up from her desk before relief came.

However, the dispatcher union says it was a technical glitch -- not human error.

A family friend Henry Ortiz says the family is still in a state of shock.

"Something beyond your imagination -- I have kids of my own."

The 911 dispatcher in question is still on the job taking call while an investigation into her actions remains underway.  

Officials say they can't speculate on whether or not that four minute delay could have saved Ariel's life.  

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