5-year-old girl killed in hit-and-run laid to rest

Posted at 5:25 PM, Nov 15, 2016

MILWAUKEE -- The man accused of killing a 5-year-old girl in a hit-and-run has been convicted of driving without a license in the past.

30-year-old Sherman Liddell is accused of driving without a license when he struck and killed 5-year-old Rickyia Langham.

Liddell was convicted for driving without a license seven times. We looked into what is on the books for someone with this mounting record.

The Milwaukee County Prosecutor's Office tells us state law eased the offense for driving on a suspended license from being a criminal offense to a municipal one. Because of this, these cases never show up on the county prosecutor's desk.

Rickyia's family learned all of this as they laid their child to rest. The little girl's mother told the crowd during service, her daughter's purpose was to bring her family together.

"It was just so inspiring to hear the mother that she has come to peace with whats going on," said Lucius Bass, Rickyia's uncle.

Rickyia was headed to church with her mother November 6.

Investigators say the little girl was struck by an SUV when she let go of her mother's hand while they waited to cross the street. The driver who struck her, never stopped.

The owner of the SUV that struck and killed the child is the suspect's girlfriend. She had been charged with obstructing an officer for first reporting it stolen.