Vigil Held For 12-Year-Old Killed In Suspected Street Racing Crash


Dozens of family and friends gathered Friday night to remember a 12-year-old Aniyah Dilworth, who was killed in a North Little Rock car crash.

Among those paying tribute, the girl’s father, Michael Scales, who admits he was driving recklessly at the time of the crash. 

It happened Wednesday along Riverfront Drive. Scales says he was taking Aniyah to McDonalds when he and another driver started racing. Scales says the racing was over and he was passing a bus when the other driver hit him, causing his car to spin out and crash. 

“A lot of things be done out here on the streets you know foolish driving,” Scales said. “She died with the $20 bill in her hand that I got her for breakfast.” 

According to a police report., witnesses say it was the other way around. Two witnesses told officers Scales hit the other driver while the two were speeding side-by-side.

Scales calls this the biggest regret of his life. 
“Do you know what it feels like looking at your daughter’s room and knowing she’s gone? Don’t nobody feel my pain,” Scales said. “I just want her to know one thing, Daddy always going to love and miss you. You’ll always be part of daddy.”

Aniyah’s mother, Ricketta Dilworth, says both drivers should be held responsible, but she’s working with her daughter’s father to heal as a family,

“It was wrong racing, but you just can’t blame,” Ricketta Dilworth said. “She was sweet and innocent. Just cherish and love your kids and those who love you while you can.” 

The crash is still under investigation. 

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